Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's deputy blamed Google Inc in an interview published on Tuesday for stirring up trouble in the revolution that ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.
"Look what they have done in Egypt, those highly-placed managers of Google, what manipulations of the energy of the people took place there," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin told the Wall Street Journal.
I raised this very question on this forum early on.
Americans probably see Google as, well, Google. It's possible that the other side of the world doesn't see Google as Google, but instead as an American entity with ties to the NSA. In other words, this may be perceived as American meddling.
And the story's not over yet. They've toppled the existing leadership but what comes in its place remains to be seen, and could be worse. As I've previuosly noted, I lay part of the blame for that possibility at Google's feet.
But for right or wrong, they're riding the wave of popular American opinion. But going forward, if I was a leader in the ME, I'd be taking steps today to counter Google. I think they burned alot of bridges in a lot of places over this.
Why was the leadership of a foreign company involving themselves with civil unrest on the other side of the world?