Imagine there is a job opening at Facebook. Otherwise attractive and matching my skill set, I still decide not to apply. And why?
There were certain strategies employed by the company (for example, licensing software as open source, but with a catch) that I believe to be unethical in that they show the willingness of certain decision making persons at the head of the company to inflict harm to good willing partners, innocent bystanders and society in general, with the justification that a for-profit company is entitled to any lawful means of profit extraction or value retention, regardless their moral qualification or untaxed externalities, with which I strongly disagree.
(It took me some effort to come up with this formulation, and surely it still is not accurate, but I hope the meaning gets through.)
- Can I say that my inaction in this case is an instance of holding the Facebook executives morally responsible for their actions?
- Or, if I could not (say because it is boastful), could someone else say that about me?
- If so, then could I have applied and still say the same?
- If neither, then what other action on my side would constitute holding those executives responsible?
Some things I am considering are that:
- I am sacrificing my immediate self interest, and there is no apparent cause other than the stated.
- There is some harm to the company as well. If everyone did the same as I, the company would have to cease their questionable practices or dissolve.
Is this line of reasoning overall correct?
P.S. There seems to be some misunderstanding of the essence of my question that I would like to clarify. My question is chiefly not about the ethical evaluation of a specific strategy of the company, but the ethical evaluation of my choice of action on the premise of my holding the specified belief.