Skype is the Latest to Censor Material in China
April 20, 2006 4:16 PM
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Skype joins Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, among other companies to censor material for the Chinese government
Skype is the latest company that will agree to censor material to ensure that it will be allowed to operate in the country. The company admitted to filtering certain words in text messages, including "Falun Gong" and "Dalai Lama,"
according to the Financial Times
. China is one of Skype's biggest markets, so the public announcement is not too shocking. The announcement from Skype comes at a time when China is defending its right to police the Internet, and companies are under heavy fire for agreeing so quickly to censor material. According to the Financial Times:
He claimed that compliance with Chinese censorship was no different from obeying rules governing business in western countries. China, along with the US and Germany, is one of Skype’s three biggest markets in terms of active users of its free telephony service, which routes encrypted calls between computers via the internet.
Currently, US companies like
censor material to comply with the
Chinese government's demands
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4/20/2006 4:34:31 PM
Don't believe me but, mass censorship is a small step towards a Utopia.
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4/20/2006 4:36:00 PM
Ah the gilden cage argument. Enjoy that!
4/20/2006 5:48:30 PM
I wonder what they will do to senior the Olympic or Bad news from leaking with photographic evidence of things like brutal death camp for black market organ selling.
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