Microsoft bans Democracy

Microsoft just launched their blogging service MSN Spaces in China. In a move to appease the communistic government in China, users of the service was banned from labelling blogs with words such as democracy, freedom, demonstration, democratic movement and Taiwan independence. Entering these words as keywords resulted in a message saying: This item contains forbidden speech. Please delete the forbidden speech from this item.

On the positive side, users were still permitted to write about these subjects in their blogs. But just wait... that will probably be banned as well in a short while.

Financial Times
Full article at MSNBC, ironic isn't it?

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