I agree with you that 'use' should not be a basis for sanctions. However, the issue withDahua and Hikvision is that they have more than a billion dollars of direct contracts with the China government to supply, deploy and operate these systems
. In your analogy, this would be like Toyota going to Syria and working directly with ISIS, which obviously Toyota did not.
That is a much better analogy.
My initial post wasn't that IPVM shouldn't be doing what it's doing, but rather why people here would show you support.
There is no doubt the Chinese government is freaking crazy, the things they are doing are nuts and any media coverage to expose what they do is a good thing.
Not saying what IPVM did there wasn't the right thing to do, but the punishment of sanctions is going to effect me and many others who use cheap cameras from China.
The amount of good cheap cameras that don't originate from China is pretty limited, and any Chinese tech company could suddenly be government controlled.
Since a good portion of the cameras discussed on this website are Hikvision and Dahua (or rebadged Hikvision and Dahua), it just didn't seem like IPVM would be wanted around here after that.
If the users of this forum agreed with what you did with respect to that article, then they would all stop using / selling buying any products from those companies immediately.
I saw you even got a few thumbs up here for your comments, but I don't see how people can agree with everything you have done in regards to that article then continue to support those companies.
So what is everyone here going to do? Are you all going to keep using and selling Hikvision and Dahua based cameras and support the violation of human rights?