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Skype was wholly owned by eBay from September 2005 to October 2009 and then acquired by an investment group led by Silver Lake in November 2009. Skype was acquired by Microsoft in May 2011.

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19 February 2008

Human Rights Watch & Center for Human Rights and Global Justice launch report on business & human rights

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10 August 2006

China: Internet Companies Aid Censorship

Author: Human Rights Watch

Legislation and a strong industry code of conduct are necessary to end the complicity of Western Internet companies in political censorship in China, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today... [The report] documents how extensive corporate...

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1 August 2006

"Race to the Bottom": Corporate Complicity in Chinese Internet Censorship

Author: Human Rights Watch

Some companies not only respond to instructions and pressures from Chinese authorities to censor their materials, they actively engage in self-censorship by using their technology to predict and then censor the material they believe the Chinese...

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1 August 2006

China: Human Rights Watch report accuses Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, Skype of aiding govt. censorship - calls for US & EU legislation

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6 June 2006

Businesses help China's government abuse rights

Author: Chang Ching-hsi, Taipei Times

[T]he Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is now "globalizing" its clampdown on human rights...First, the CCP...entice[s] the international community to help it suppress human rights. Companies such as Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Skype [part of eBay] have...

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19 April 2006

Skype comes clean over China censor

Author: PCPro [UK]

Skype [part of eBay] has admitted that its partner in China has filtered text messages, but claims that compliance with local censorship laws is a necessary evil if it is to continue operating in the world's most populous country. Niklas Zennström,...

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18 April 2006

China: Skype admits censoring text messages for politically sensitive content

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18 April 2006

Skype says texts are censored by China

Author: Alison Maitland, Financial Times

Skype, the fast-growing internet communications company that belongs to Ebay, has admitted that its partner in China has filtered text messages, defending this compliance with censorship laws as the only way to do business in the country. In a...

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