Google Drops “Don’t Be Evil” Motto From Its Code Of Conduct

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In 2015, when Google reorganized itself under Alphabet, the new parent company drafted a new motto for itself — “Do the right thing.” However, Google’s own unofficial motto remained “Don’t be evil.” The company kept it as a part of the corporate code of conduct since 2000.

In the latest development, Gizmodo has uncovered that Google has dropped the “Don’t be evil” phrase from its Code of Conduct. As per the findings, the updated version of the web page, which was first archived by the Wayback Machine, has a significant change.

The earlier version of the had numerous mentions of the phrase all across the page.

  • “Don’t be evil.” Googlers generally apply those words to how we serve our users.
  • “Don’t be evil” is much more than that
  • The Google Code of Conduct is one of the ways we put “Don’t be evil” into practice

In the new page, there’s just one mention of the phrase in the last paragraph. It says:

  • And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right – speak up!

Despite this big change in the Code of Conduct, the page states that it was last updated on April 5, 2018.

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