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June 14, 2005

Microsoft becomes Red China prostitute

From Agence France-Presse:

Users of Microsoft's new China-based Internet portal were blocked from using the words "democracy", "freedom" and "human rights" in an apparent move by the US software giant to appease Beijing.

Other words that could not be used on Microsoft's free online blog service MSN Spaces include "Taiwan independence" and "demonstration".

Bloggers who enter such words or other politically charged or pornographic content are prompted with a message that reads: "This item should not contain forbidden speech such as profanity. Please enter a different word for this item".

Officials at Microsoft's Beijing offices refused to comment Monday.

This emphasizes my point that Bill Gates is not a capitalist. Capitalism is about making money by A. producing the best product or service at the best price and B. by allowing others to make money while doing it. We've got too many big companies frantically sawing off the limb of the tree their sitting on.

Microsoft formed a joint venture with China's state-funded Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd (SAIL) last month to launch the MSN China web portal.

Microsoft is not the only international tech company to comply with China's stringent Internet rules.

Yahoo! and Google -- the two most popular Internet search engines -- have already been criticized for cooperating with the Chinese government to censor the Internet.

The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) earlier said it "deplores the irresponsible policies of United States Internet firms Yahoo! and Google in bowing directly and indirectly to Chinese government demands for censorship".

I'm not the least surprised that the morons at Google would be sucking up to the Chinese, they've already shown their colors, but Yahoo? That's really sad.

Hat Tip: Captain's Quarters

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Posted by Danny Carlton at June 14, 2005 06:59 AM

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