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One is a private corporation in a relatively progressive and free country, the other is a company controlled by an authoritarian nation-state. There's clearly a difference...





> One is a private corporation in a relatively progressive and free country,

I think he is referring to Google.


Google is a public company, not that it should matter in this context.

AFAIK “public company” is a misnomer shorthand for “publicly-traded company”, it has nothing to do with "public sector" or similar concepts. Publicly-traded companies are still private corporations.

It does mean there's a regulated level of transparency force on them



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