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Microsoft adopts new censor policy

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Posted February 2, 2006 by admin in Internet

Microsoft has decided to open up its policy when dealing with censor in foreign countries. The measure probably comes as a response to recent events involving big high-tech firms and local governmanets. Recently the company faced criticism for removing the blog of Chinese journalist Zhao Jing for writing about sensitive topics.

The change in policy applies to weblogs or journals written on Microsoft’s MSN Spaces service.

In June 2005 it was revealed that Chinese bloggers using MSN Spaces could see their entries being blocked if they mentioned banned words such as "freedom", "democracy" and "demonstration". Brad Smith, Microsoft’s senior lawyer, said it would now remove blog entries only if it gets a "legally binding notice" from the government of that nation. Entries will also be removed if they break the MSN Spaces terms of use.

He added that only people in the nation where the entry breaks local laws will be blocked from seeing the controversial comments. In all other nations access to the entry will be unrestricted.

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