most famous phrase in Google’s corporate philosophy, “Don’t be
evil,” has been almost entirely removed from the technology
giant’s code of conduct.
which is nowa
subsidiary of Alphabetafter a corporate
restructuring in 2015, previously included the phrase “Don’t be
evil” at the very start of its code, and another two times within
the first two paragraphs.
simple language was replaced by vague and less specific
wording such as “ethical business conduct”.
Google Code of Conduct is one of the ways we put Google’s values
into practice,” the updated guidelines begins.
built around the recognition that everything we do in connection
with our work at Google will be, and should be, measured against
the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct.”
famous motto is now included only once in the 6,313-word document,
right at the very end as a final aside: “And remember… don’t be
evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right – speak
refusal to cut ties with the US military led to the resignation of
around a dozen employees from the company, who cited ethical
concerns and warned that autonomous weapons directly contradicted
the firm's famous 'Don't be evil' motto.
a letter signed by more than 3,100 Google employees last month, the
workers stated: "We believe that Google should not be in the
business of war... We cannot outsource the moral responsibility of
our technologies to third parties," referring to the company's
involvement in a controversial Pentagon program called Project