After almost 20 Years, Google has eliminated its “Don’t be evil” article from the preface of its code of conduct. The article was first noticed way back in 2000. The article is claimed to have been eliminated as of May 4, 2018, as per media reports. Even though there is no mention of the specific article, Google still talks about it in a sentence.
In the updated page, the search behemoth states this in the end: “And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right – speak up!”
Previously, the starting line in the page stated, “‘Don’t be evil.’ Googlers generally apply those words to how we serve our users. But ‘Don’t be evil’ is much more than that. Yes, it’s about providing our users unbiased access to information, focusing on their needs and giving them the best products and services that we can. But it’s also about doing the right thing more generally – following the law, acting honorably, and treating co-workers with courtesy and respect.”
It has also been stated that this sentence is more than what is viewed on the site. The search behemoth employs a version of “Don’t be evil” as the password for Wi-Fi in shuttles that operate at their office in Mountain View.
For those who are not aware, the page speaks of the Code of Conduct that is to be obeyed by both Board members and employees. The Google CEO Sundar Pichai is also a part of the Board. Failing to do so can lead to disciplinary action, comprising removal from the job, claims the page. Also cited is that failure to obey the Google Code by consultants, contractors, or other service suppliers might lead to the termination of their partnership with the search behemoth. The page also speaks about the privacy, integrity, freedom of expression, and its usefulness.
On a similar note, Google along with Microsoft found a fresh security error that impacts a broad range of modern computing processors and is associated to the Meltdown and Spectre chip errors that surfaced in January.