According to human rights watch in 2002 yahoo and 120

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According to Human Rights Watch “In 2002, Yahoo! and 120 other companies signed a Public Pledge of Self-Regulation and Professional ethics, created by the Internet Society of China. The pledge carried no legal weight and listed no specific requirements not already defined by law. Even though to please the government companies were ready to do so. On the matter Yahoo! drew sharp criticism from human rights activists, such as Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights. Kenneth watch: “lf it Implements the pledge, Yahoo! will become an agent of Chinese law enforcement. It will switch from being an information gateway to an information gatekeeper”” (2002). Question 2: To what extent may the impact of power influence management’s decision process in the case?
“YAHOO! AND CUSTOMER PRIVACY” 3 the Chinese officials as the human right violation is a common element in China. The Chinese government must have had a great pressure on Yahoo to realize the information. This pressure can be seen form the following incidents which shows that company’s had to walk away from doing businesses in China because of their immense pressure on companies and their regular interference in their operation. Lycos withdraw from many of the Asian markets in 2003, and AOL struggled, somewhat unsuccessfully, to gain a foothold. Time Warner in 2002 chose to walk away from China. The company announced a $200 million joint venture with Chinese company Legend to set up AOL in China, but later abandoned the idea, in part out of concern over the government's demands that AOL block certain content. In August 2002, Google's search engine stopped working for Chinese Internet surfers and remained unavailable for two weeks. Even after the site was restored Internet users found certain search topics no longer produced results. Google denied making any changes, creating speculation that the government was actively blocking content. By 2004, Google took an active role when it launched a Chinese news service and voluntarily excluded information from sites the government considered subversive. The freedom of Google was seized by the government.

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