Google are evil

Henry Rollins has related how, during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, he passed a computer store with single board stuck on the door, and the sign, ?Shop already looted and burned. Tenants upstairs?. It was, however, a single-story building, which was ?clearly not looted and burned?. Maybe, mused Rollins, ?being the cynical geniuses they are?, they were just laughing up their sleeves at any looters fooled by such a 3D-chess gambit.

Google seem to be among the same kinds of cynical geniuses. Their mission statement is, famously, ?don?t be evil?.

Sundar Pichai must laugh himself silly every time he reads it.

Because Google is evil. Very, very evil. Quote:

A new Android app has launched with the focus of allowing Muslims to report individuals who commit blasphemy, or insult Islam.

No, this is not a joke. The app, ?Smart Pakem?, which launched in Indonesia last month at the request of the Indonesian government, will allow users and government officials to uphold Sharia law and target and report people who hold ?misguided? beliefs in violation of Islamic law, which forbids insults of Islam, insults against the Prophet Mohammed, or the recognition of any other religion besides Islam. End of quote.

Caption: The app, in the Google Play store.

So, Adblocker and Adaway are banned. Gab is banned, too, because of ?hate speech?.

Yet an app specifically designed for Muslim extremists to snitch on kafirs is just fine and dandy. Quote:

Indonesia?s criminal code prohibits blasphemy, which is defined as ?the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things?.

The Code?s Article 156(a) targets those who deliberately, in public, ?express feelings of hostility, hatred, or contempt against religion?. The penalty for violating Article 156(a) of Indonesia?s criminal code is a maximum of five years imprisonment?According to Human Rights Watch, 125 people were convicted of blasphemy in Indonesia between 2004 and 2014. 23 additional people have been convicted since 2014. End of quote.

Imagine if they?d had smartphones in the 1930s, and Der Google had allowed an app called ?YellowStarMe?, which allowed users to snitch Jews to the Gestapo.

Too often, secular activists target the low-hanging fruit of Christianity while giving Islam a free pass. At least one NGO is willing to tackle Google?s Islamophilia. Quote:

The National Secular Society (NSS)?which works to repeal blasphemy laws around the world, strongly condemned Indonesia?s blasphemy law.

?Indonesia?s blasphemy law is a morally unjustifiable tool of repression which should be repealed as soon as possible. While this law exists anyone who believes in free expression should make it as difficult as possible for the Indonesian government to enforce the law. Google has greatly benefited from the freedom to share information globally. We ask it and other multinational companies to consider whether they can in good conscience profit from the repression caused by governments? crackdowns on free speech.? End of quote.

Unfortunately, the NSS seems to be labouring under the delusion that Silicon Valley actually respects free speech. Quote:

On November 29, 2018, investigative journalist Laura Loomer handcuffed herself to Twitter HQ in NYC after she was banned from Twitter for criticizing Sharia law. While handcuffed, Loomer argued ?Twitter, Facebook, Apple, Google, Instagram, they are essentially upholding Sharia. Silicon Valley is essentially upholding Sharia when they decide to ban me for posting facts about Islam, when they decide to ban me for posting facts about Sharia law and criticizing an anti-Jewish Muslim Congresswoman.? End of quote.

As I always say: would you be willing to put on an exhibition of Muhammad cartoons? If no, then how are you not living under sharia?