MicroSoft Censors Bloggers

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Always good at public relations, MicroSoft recently decided to remove a well known Chinese journalist's blog from their MSN Spaces:

On New Years Eve, MSN Spaces took down the popular blog written by Zhao Jing, aka Michael Anti.

Note, his blog was TAKEN DOWN by MSN people. Not blocked by the Chinese government.

Scoble thinks the move is pathetic at best:

It’s one thing to pull a list of words out of blogs using an algorithm. It’s another thing to become an agent of a government and censor an entire blogger’s work. Yes, I know the consequences. Yes, there are thousands of jobs at stake. Billions of dollars. But, the behavior of my company in this instance is not right.

Guys over at MSN: sorry, I don’t agree with your being used as a state-run thug.

Baidu is only worth about 1.5 billion dollars with their current market share and yet many global corporations are willing to do the sleaziest things to try to buddy up with the Chinese government. Is there something I am missing about the Chinese market? Why is the chance to gain a bit of market share there worth losing global credibility?

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>> Why is the chance to gain a bit of market share there worth losing global credibility?

'cos they won't really loose global credibility. Even if it hits the headlines what's it really going to cost them?

China is a huge growing market and someones going to make a hell of a lot of money. For a slice of that pie people are going to risk a Nestle style scandal; their shares didn't dip that low or for that long.....

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