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17 June 2005

As China Censors the Internet, Money Talks

Author: Mark Magnier and Joseph Menn, Los Angeles Times

Chinese bloggers using a new Microsoft service to post messages titled "democracy," "capitalism," "liberty" or "human rights" are greeted with a bright yellow warning. "This message includes forbidden language," it scolds...The restrictions were agreed upon by Microsoft and its Chinese partner, the government-linked Shanghai Alliance Investment. Executives with the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant argue that they are only following local laws and any disadvantage is outweighed by benefits users get from the company's services. "Even with the filters, we're helping millions of people communicate, share stories, share photographs and build relationships," said Adam Sohn, Microsoft's global sales and marketing director. "For us, that is the key point here." Microsoft adds that filtering objectionable words is nothing new. In the United States, the company blocks use of several words in titles, including "whore" and "pornography." Yahoo and Google, two other large Internet firms, have also imposed limits on search results in France and Germany, where Nazi propaganda and memorabilia are banned. [also refers to China Telecom] [scroll down to the 3rd article]

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14 June 2005

Microsoft censors its blog tool [China]

Author: Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders said it was disgusted to find that Microsoft was censoring the Chinese version of its blog tool, MSN spaces, the system automatically rejecting words including "democracy" and "Dalai Lama"...The Chinese version of the MSN portal, along with the blog tool, were launched as a joint venture with a local state-controlled company, Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd (SAIL)...Despite repeated requests from Reporters Without Borders, the company's management always declined to discuss the issue. [also refers to Google, Yahoo!]

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Author: Reporteros sin Fronteras

Reporteros sin Fronteras se siente descorazonada al saber que Microsoft censura la versión china de su herramienta de blog (MSN espacios) : por ejemplo, el sistema rechaza automáticamente las palabras "democracia" o "Dalai Lama". [se refiere también a Yahoo!, Google, Shangai Alliance Investment]

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Author: Reporters sans Frontières

Reporters sans frontières est écœurée d'apprendre que Microsoft censure la version chinoise de son outil de blog (MSN spaces) : les mots "démocratie" ou "Dalaï Lama" sont par exemple refusés automatiquement par le système. [fait référence aussi à Shangaï Alliance Investment, Google, Yahoo!]

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