No “democracy” for Microsoft users in China

It’s just the price you have to pay when you do business with an authoritarian state.

Microsoft’s new Chinese internet portal has banned the words “democracy” and “freedom” from parts of its website in an apparent effort to avoid offending Beijing’s political censors.

Users of the joint-venture portal, formally launched last month, have been blocked from using a range of potentially sensitive words to label personal websites they create using its free online blog service, MSN Spaces.

Virtually all principles and ideals vanish before the great god, Money.

The Discussion: 5 Comments

The only good news is the story was found in! MS hasn’t taken full control on the news agenda yet.

Anyway, last night I saw in China tags a post on all the ban Chinese words in China’s MSN. For those who are interested, it’s here:!1pOEoIVxPjFBeG_nJjqnLTtQ!154.entry

June 10, 2005 @ 7:37 pm | Comment

Mayb€ this might be a good way to us€ the €uro symbol, especially in light of the ‘Rapture’ topic above (combining, as it does, China and €urop€). Fr€€dom and d€mocracy for all!

June 11, 2005 @ 9:17 am | Comment

Very funny, Vaara, and not a bad idea.

Andrea, thanks for the list.

June 11, 2005 @ 10:22 am | Comment

Please answer me if possible..
this is the best site I’ve ever seen..
but I need one more information..
How do you write “Pecking duck” in
chinese character? Reply please~
Thank you~


September 24, 2006 @ 10:07 pm | Comment

Just look on the homepage, the CHinese characters for peking duck – baijing kaoya – are right there, drawn behind the english words Peking Diuck

September 24, 2006 @ 10:10 pm | Comment

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