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Re: Google Helps Saudi Arabia Oppress Women
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 01:35:17 am »
The bigger the corporation, less likely it becomes that they behave ethically.
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Re: Google Helps Saudi Arabia Oppress Women
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 03:20:07 am »
Google's motto over the years:

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Re: Google Helps Saudi Arabia Oppress Women
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 09:23:06 am »
From what I've heard, the app's actually helped a lot more women escape Saudi Arabia because they can travel with less paperwork (if any) and not a lot of people secure their phones as they should, so women can discreetly abscond with their male guardian's phone, allow them travel, thus affording them more opportunities to leave that festering ass-wound of a country.  Without it, there'd be an enormous amount of onerous paperwork that'd afford far fewer women to leave Saudi Arabia for literally and metaphorically greener pastures.
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Re: Google Helps Saudi Arabia Oppress Women
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2019, 08:22:24 pm »
From what I've heard, the app's actually helped a lot more women escape Saudi Arabia because they can travel with less paperwork (if any) and not a lot of people secure their phones as they should, so women can discreetly abscond with their male guardian's phone, allow them travel, thus affording them more opportunities to leave that festering ass-wound of a country.  Without it, there'd be an enormous amount of onerous paperwork that'd afford far fewer women to leave Saudi Arabia for literally and metaphorically greener pastures.

I'd like that to be true, but I fear that may be wishful thinking.

Honestly, I don't think we talk about Saudi Arabia exerting its influence in other countries enough. China too, but that's a different story. Given how heavily the Saudis have been investing in Silicon Valley, and the fact that a Saudi prince owns more of Twitter than Jack Dorsey, I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out the Saudis were able to pressure Google into keeping the app.

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Re: Google Helps Saudi Arabia Oppress Women
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2019, 10:07:08 pm »
From what I've heard, the app's actually helped a lot more women escape Saudi Arabia because they can travel with less paperwork (if any) and not a lot of people secure their phones as they should, so women can discreetly abscond with their male guardian's phone, allow them travel, thus affording them more opportunities to leave that festering ass-wound of a country.  Without it, there'd be an enormous amount of onerous paperwork that'd afford far fewer women to leave Saudi Arabia for literally and metaphorically greener pastures.

I'd like that to be true, but I fear that may be wishful thinking.

Honestly, I don't think we talk about Saudi Arabia exerting its influence in other countries enough. China too, but that's a different story. Given how heavily the Saudis have been investing in Silicon Valley, and the fact that a Saudi prince owns more of Twitter than Jack Dorsey, I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out the Saudis were able to pressure Google into keeping the app.

Very much this.