Google deprioritizes its 'Don't be evil' clause in code of conduct

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Google has all but removed a core principle from its employee code of conduct and people are taking notice.

For the last 18 years, the Silicon Valley giant has put the phrase 'Don't be evil' front and center in its code of conduct as a way of demonstrating that it wants Googlers to strive to do the right thing.

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That has since changed, however, as Google updated its code of conduct to only briefly mention the phrase, according to Gizmodo, which first spotted the move.

In previous iterations of its code of conduct, Google dedicated several paragraphs to the principle.

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'Don't be evil' was first added to the company's corporate code of conduct in 2000 and was highly touted by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin over the years.

A version of the phrase even served as the WiFi password for the shuttles that transport Google employees to its Mountain View, California-based headquarters, Gizmodo reported.

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Now, it's been relegated to a single sentence at the end of Google's code of conduct -- a move that's surprising many.

'Google aspires to be a different kind of company. It's impossible to spell out every possible ethical scenario we might face,' the company's code of conduct reads.

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'Instead, we rely on one another's good judgment to uphold a high standard of integrity for ourselves and our company'

'We expect all Googlers to be guided by both the letter and the spirit of this Code'

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'Sometimes, identifying the right thing to do isn't an easy call'

'...Don't be evil, and if you see something that you think isn't right -- speak up!', the letter continues.

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According to the internet archive Wayback Machine, the change was made sometime between April 21 and May 4.

The code of conduct webpage noted that it was last updated April 5, however.

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