Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jan 2012 21:11 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google Fascinating. After the whole Mocality story, we were greeted by another story of Google misconduct. This time, it's OpenStreetMap, which claims that users connecting from the same Google IP addresses in India as in the Mocality incident are vandalising OpenStreetMap data. Google has confirmed to ReadWriteWeb that two contractors acting on their own behalf while on the Google network were responsible. Another, less serious instance of Google misconduct, perhaps, but OpenStreetMap's handling of this issue does smell fishy.
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Why Google ?
by Tractor on Thu 19th Jan 2012 12:57 UTC
Tractor
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2006-08-18

The Title of the news itself is pure hypocrisis, to attract attention, to increase clicks, to increase revenue. There you have it.

What a company *must* do when one of its agent does misconduct ?
1) Acknowledge the incidence, and distance from it
2) Search and find evidence and responsible(s)
3) Punish responsible(s)

In both incidents, all these criteria were met. That matters **a lot**, it's not a "mere detail", and should be entirely given to the credit of Google, to the point of changing the misleading title. Otherwise, there will be no difference with another company which refutes the event, hide and destroy evidences, and protect the culprits.

If a company cannot distance itself from the misconduct of some of its (undeserved) members, then a blog should be made responsible of any comment published in its pages, even if it distances itself from it, even if the comment is published during a short while and removed afterwards, No way, the blog is guilty forever for the misconduct of any temporary affiliate member. And as a consequence, the entire blog should be brought down.

I'm sure this example will talk more to the editor.

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