The thoughts of chairman Ma – Jonathan Watts
Yahoo! goes further than any of its rivals in blocking information on Tibet, the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and the Falun Gong spiritual movement. Ma says it is as much of a philosophical choice as a business decision.
“The western media is strange. They are always curious about this. If the government is unhappy, you can’t do anything. I don’t want to argue whether it is right or wrong. I have to do business,” he says.
As with entrepreneurship, Ma’s reluctance to debate politics or human rights is entirely in keeping with the spirit of the age.
“Even without the government telling me what to do, I tell my staff not to get involved. If there is anything sensitive, I tell them to clean it up,” he says.
“If you want to talk about business come to us. If you want to talk about politics go elsewhere. Yahoo! is the same. It is a search engine that helps business, that helps people see the good side of the internet. On the bad side, there are others doing that. Why should we get involved?” [Full Text]