EVIL-DOING HAS HAD A BOOST. Google is no longer opposing it in its official company code of conduct for new and improved big brother company Alphabet, where employees will be expected to 'do the right thing'.
Google has used the 'Don't be evil' line for over a decade in terms of its own business, but when its new queen was born earlier this year there were questions over whether Alphabet would carry on with the same motto. It has already degraded the phrase, as long ago as 2009, when it changed its view on it from 'Motto' to 'Mantra', according to the Guardian.
This looks certain to be the first time that the company has officially dropped it in documents and the first step away from jokes about the company and the doing of evil deeds.
Now we know, it ain't. Someone at The Wall Street Journal remembered to check on the progress of Alphabet and in particular its code of conduct. This study revealed the key differences between statements on the relevant websites and the change in banners.
The publication even posted screenshots, just in case no one believed it or was able to perform the same sort of internet searches.
The screenshots do not tell the full story, which is that the code of conduct is long and feels the need to remind Googlers to not break the law and not to indulge in conflict, even when it is with someone who has disobeyed any of the rules. We'll let Alphabet tell you.
"Employees of Alphabet and its subsidiaries and controlled affiliates should do the right thing - follow the law, act honourably, and treat each other with respect. We expect all of our employees and board members to know and follow this code of conduct. Failure to do so can result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment," it says.
"Any waivers of this code for directors or executive officers must be approved by our board. Never retaliate against anyone who reports or participates in an investigation of a possible violation of the code."
Google, as we know it, is probably already in the process of walking away from 'Don't be evil' like it was a fart in a lift, but Alphabet is its new parent and expects all subordinates to toe the same line. µ
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