Microsoft China blocks words 'democracy', 'freedom'

The users of Microsofts new China-based internet portal were recently blocked from using the words "democracy", "freedom" and "human rights" in a move by the software giant to please Beijing.Other words that are not permitted on Microsoft Chinas free online blog service, MSN Spaces, include: "Taiwan independence" and "demonstration".

If a user attempts to post one of these words in his blog, he would recieve the following message: "this item should not contain forbidden speech such as profanity. Please enter a different word for this item".

Microsoft has already been critisized for working with the Chinese government in an attempt to censor the internet.

View: MSN China homepage

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