UPDATE from Monday (Feb 14) : Hint – Glenn Beck DOES suspect Google of evil leanings…
This so incredibly cool on Google’s part because they include that link to the CBS News article, which states:
The key role played by one of Google’s key executives in the Middle East revived a decades-old dilemma that many other technology companies face when it comes to the question of political activism: Where should they draw the line?
“It’s one of those things that companies don’t want to touch with a ten foot pole,” a tech public relations exec told me on background.
The obvious truth du jour is that tech companies don’t want to take political positions – even when regimes use their products to oppress their own people.
Google’s tweet today is a big “FUCK YOU” to this article and to CBS’ claim of an “obvious truth” that Google would not stand behind Ghonim because of the political actions that he took.
It’s been clear since Ghonim was released that Google has been in his corner from the beginning. Ghonim’s fifth tweet after being released was directly to Google, thanking them for looking for him after he had been detained. Clearly, Google cared about him and what was happening to him.
I love that Google didn’t leave any ambiguity, though.
And for that, I say, “Fuck yeah, Google!” Way to take such a public stand behind a figure so crucial to the overthrow of Mubarak’s regime. Google stands openly for democracy and against evil dictators. I appreciate that.
Does this mean that Glenn Beck will have to use a different search engine now?
[Evidence of Beck’s use of Google: On his page labeled, “Study Guide: Caliphate, Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas“, if you scroll down enough, you will literally get the link to a Google page about the topic of caliphates:
And if you go to that link for caliphate, which I think you should, you’ll see that it is “volcanic” (a hot, hot trend) because there are so many articles and posts about how ridiculous and lie-filled Beck’s rants about caliphates and Egypt are. Awesome.]
Because it appears that Google is now participating in the establishment of an Islamist caliphate in the Middle East and beyond. In fact, my partner has suggested this could really cramp Beck’s style since he will have to use a less rigorous engine to find words such as “caliphate” or the .pdf of the Muslim Brotherhood’s how-to manual.