Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Capitalommunism

Microsoft Censors Chinese Blogs

Microsoft is cooperating with China's government to censor the company's newly launched Chinese-language web portal, a spokesman for the tech giant said.

The policy affects blogs created through the MSN Spaces service, said Adam Sohn, a global sales and marketing director at MSN.


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On Monday, Agence France-Presse, the French news agency, said bloggers were not allowed to post terms to MSN Spaces such as "democracy," "human rights" and "Taiwan independence." Attempts to enter those words were said to generate a message saying the language was prohibited.


Microsoft. All the oppression of China without the public ownership.

All I can say is Overlords is Overlords...it doesn't matter what they call themselves, how they distribute wealth, or what flag they use.

(I hope Pandabonium will accept this is equal bashing time for Microsoft :D )

17 comments:

Pandabonium said...

I feel better now. Thank you.

thehim said...

It would be nice to say no to China, but MS's research facility in China is arguably the best in the world. The Chinese government says jump, MS jumps.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Hey, as I said before, American businesses cater to the customer.

Reagan's Ghost said...

With friends like China and Russia, who needs enemies?

Pa've said...

As if we didn't have censorship in America. I'm talking about search engine censorship, like GOOGLE censoring links about an outcoming book about Bill Clinton, and other conservative / republican links.

Don Snabulus said...

Examples would be nice.

Don Snabulus said...

For what its worth, I looked up "bill clinton book" at Google and Drudge and a couple other anti-American, I mean, anti-Clinton links were right there in the top ten. Obviously, Amazon had the top link, but you don't see IBM sucks sites topping the searches for IBM.

I looked up "bill clinton book all lies" on Google and nearly all of the links were conservative sites; just like one would expect.

Therefore, I don't know what you are talking about (and having checked it out for myself, don't really care).

DewKid said...

I think Pa've was referring to this. I did a Google search to find the article. ;-)

Don Snabulus said...

Ah, gotcha. Google refused an ad for an anti-Clinton book. Indeed, that is as bad as CBS refusing to run a MoveOn.org ad or ClearChannel refusing to post an anti-war billboard. (Rolling Stone refused an ad for a new Bible translation, but then backed down and accepted it).

This raises any number of useless questions that people can talk about, but will have no control over how they are legislated. Should WorldNet Daily be forced to run liberal ads? Is the universality of sites like CBS and Google considered a "public domain" that is subject to "fairness?" Does Google have the right, as a private company, to run ads from whom they wish? Does CBS? ClearChannel?

Methinks it is time to reopen the AMIPOV blog and hash it all out there. ;)

For me personally, I would run ads from people who have green American cash and only refuse profanity and nakedness or incitements to violence...but that is just me.

Don Snabulus said...

Two more notes:

1. AMIPOV appears to be gone.
2. I changed my mind on the nakedness. Bring it on!

Pandabonium said...

No profanity, nakedness, or incitements to violence?

Do you mean you'd censor the White House?

Pa've said...

Yes, AMIPOV is gone, but I'm not, and where ever I am the spirit of Irrational Points of View will live on. Don't be too surprised if an occasional political post pops up on Pa`ve's Peculiar Pabulum.

The truth is, I was just blogging myslef into insanity.

I also removed the GOON BlOG, however, Goon as a user remains. Curiously, so does AMIPOV, because according to BLOGGER, once you create a user, there is currently no way to delete it. So, if you thought you were just going to walk out of the BLOG world someday, he he he. But I digress...

Since that article about Google was posted, I'm sure that GOOGLE execs wasted no time "FIXING" the problem. Of course, my letter to the Federal Elections Commission and the Securities Exchange Commission probably had nothing to do with that.

Don Snabulus said...

Works for me.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Pa've

Methinks you give your letters far more credit than they're due. You're one of millions. Remember that.

(On the other hand, that's not a suggestion that you should desist. On the contrary, I think more people should write to involved political figures.)

DewKid said...

Yeah, Microsoft sucks. Oh... am I too late?

Oliver Off-topic said...

Win huge rhetorical prizes at MONSTERTANGENTS.COM.

Pa've said...

Actually, I have found that writing to political leaders does have an impact, even if its only one person, with the exception of the President, who gets so much mail he couldn't possibly read it all. However, I now have two letters from Senator Bill Frist, who responded very specifically to the contents of my letters. Even the SEC returned a response. Well, what was the topic again?

OH, RIGHT, Chinese censorship. The people in China who use the blogs will come up with "code words" to get around the censorship problem, and be back in business in no time.