Investor money vs. public interest: did Google fail to build a non-evil platform?
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Google’s corporate mission is to: “Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
What was originally a humble search engine is now also a business SaaS provider, a maps purveyor and a pioneer of Artificial Intelligence. Obviously, Google deserves a huge amount of praise, appreciation and gratitude for its many contributions to the world.
Google would have nothing if no one ever published anything online. YouTube utilizes a profit-share model that inspires everyone from celebrities to stay-at-home moms to produce quality content. In lieu of shared ad revenue, professionally produced channels like this, simply wouldn’t exist.
Being venture-backed, Google’s success is measured in terms of growth — not fairness. Sharing ad revenue with content creators would massively dilute the company’s valuation. Google continually releases new features that make them richer at the expense of content creators.
The Internet is a global effort to preserve knowledge, free speech and equal opportunity for humankind. Fundamentally, no one should “own” something meant for the good of all.
Those who wish to protect the Internet from unfavorable economic forces must begin taking small steps to challenge the status quo.
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