Microsoft confirms censorship on MSN Spaces in China
Software giants Microsoft have confirmed that they have removed a controversial Blog from their Chinese version of Blogging channel MSN Spaces. The Blog belonged to an outspoken Chinese journalist Zhao Jing who is also known as Michael Anti. His Blog hosted on the MSN Spaces China website was removed on the New Year’s Eve.
This event was first reported by investigative journalist and former CNN reporter Rebecca Mackinnon. She claims that the Blog was removed by the company from their servers instead of being banned by the Chinese authorities in their country. Microsoft has now said in a statement that the Blog was removed to comply with the laws of the land they are operating in.
A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to the media group ZDNet UK: “MSN is committed to ensuring that products and services comply with global and local laws, norms, and industry practices. Most countries have laws and practices that require companies providing online services to make the Internet safe for local users. Occasionally, as in China, local laws, and practices require consideration of unique elements.â€
Microsoft is already blamed for blocking certain keywords like Freedom from being used by the posters on the MSN Spaces based in China. And this latest news is not going to help their cause. Recently, a senior EU representative said in a statement that companies need to follow their own code of ethics when dealing with censorship on the internet. She was pointing towards these kinds of compromises being made by the US based tech giants to please the Chinese government.