Monday, June 13, 2005

Money makes Microsoft's Mare Go

Microsoft joins hands with Yahoo!, Google to censor China's web - Yahoo! News: Mon Jun 13, 3:57 AM ET
BEIJING (AFP) - Users of Microsoft's new China-based Internet portal have been 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.

When microsoft finally said it will support GL bill, I thought they are trying to project themselves as sponsors of free speech but from the above news it has just turned out that everything they do is for profit.

"Money makes the mare go"


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