Yahoo and MSN promise to ‘protect China’

Yahoo and MSN, the internet giants, have confirmed they had signed up to new attempts by the Chinese government to censor and control blogs behind the country’s “Great Firewall”.
The companies both keep internet servers inside the country in an attempt to capitalise on the fast-growing Chinese market.

The country now has the second highest number of internet users, behind the United States.But to do so they have to conform to strict Chinese laws controlling freedom of speech, which include employing their own “monitors” to carry out government censorship orders and committing to remove any web pages that are considered politically sensitive.In addition, along with domestic firms they have now both had to sign up to a new government code on blogging, which both companies admitted in statements without giving further details.

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