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Submitted by Lyle (United States), Aug 12, 2013 16:33
Are the small groups public companies: If they are the managers could get sued for shutting down, as following their political ideas might well be held to not be in the stockholders interest. In the case of the big guys its the responsibility to the shareholders that causes the issue, shutting a service down would mean a shareholder lawsuit for the action. It is partly this somewhat reduced freedom of action that makes organizations stay private. If own a private company and want to run it into the ground, you have that right. Given the way ownership of public companies is structured, it's not clear that you could get 51% of shareholders to vote to run a company into the ground (I.e. index funds and the like would never vote to run the company into the ground).
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