Microsoft Bans "Democracy"

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As a poignant symbol of the priority of liberty in the world of capitalism, 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.

Attempts to input words in Chinese such as "democracy" prompted an error message from the site: "This item contains forbidden speech. Please delete the forbidden speech from this item." Other phrases banned included the Chinese for "demonstration", "democratic movement" and "Taiwan independence".

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Posted by Master Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi on 2005-06-15 17:25:40
Does that seem a bit uncanny to anyone else?
Welcome to the 21st century
Posted by Joe on 2005-06-19 02:22:13
I think it illustrates that marketing is the dominant force in American society. Ideals are nice, but when they interfere with profitability, they have to go. This isn't anything new. It happens all the time. You can see it any time you turn on the TV and watch any so-called "news."
 

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