Murdoch extends his net to China: As tycoon launches version of MySpace, human rights activists fear it will be abused by censors

MySpace has launched a version of its website in China, despite fears among human rights campaigners that users will be censored or spied on by the totalitarian Communist state. Rupert Murdoch said last year that the company was looking for a way to enter China without running into political obstacles of the type faced by Google, which agreed to self-censor its content; and by Yahoo, which gave the Chinese government information about the site’s users. Murdoch has set up a separate business to avoid any problems. MySpace China is a ‘locally owned, operated and managed company’ in which News Corp is only one among several investors.http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,2083872,00.html

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