Google's dated "Don't be evil" and the moment of fake news: 2 of 2: @AdamJWhiteDC @HooverInst @tnajournal

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Google's dated "Don't be evil" and the moment of fake news: 2 of 2: @AdamJWhiteDC @HooverInst @tnajournal

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Google is now faced squarely with the irresolvable conflict between its core missions: The information people objectively want may, by Google’s reckoning, be evil. Put another way, there is a growing logic for Google to transform its conception of what is objective to suit its conception of what is good.

The most recent update to Google’s Code of Conduct, released in April, may be telling. The previous version had opened with the words “Don’t be evil” — defined, among other things, as “providing our users unbiased access to information.” But the new version opens with an unspecified reference to “Google’s values,” adds a new mention of “respect for our users,” and now omits any assurance of providing unbiased information.