Yahoo CEO isn’t sure if he’d work with Nazis

Email Battles:

Critics at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference demanded that Yahoo chief Terry Semel explain… once again… the rationale for collaborating with Chinese authorities in ways that result in sending non-violent political protestors to long jail sentences.

They asked… once again… if Yahoo would have helped Nazi Germany the same way.

Semel patiently explained… once again… that he’s simply a businessman following local laws.

Would he collaborate the same way with the Nazis?

Semel says, “I don’t know how I would have felt then.”

Well, at least he’s honest. The geek in me sometimes forgets that these tech companies are the same kind of giant corporations I love to hate; but there’s no doubt that’s exactly what they are, and little doubt they’d have done whatever Hitler asked them to. Gotta follow local laws, after all.

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