Caving in, or realpolitik? AP reports that MSN Spaces is cooperating with the Chinese government to censor banned language.
Chinese bloggers, even on foreign-sponsored sites, better chose their words carefully - the censors are watching.
Users of the MSN Spaces section of Microsoft Corp.'s new China-based Web portal get a scolding message each time they input words deemed taboo by the communist authorities - such as democracy, freedom and human rights.
"Prohibited language in text, please delete," the message says.
However, the restrictions appear to apply only to the subject line of such entries. Writing them into the text, with a more innocuous subject heading, seems to be no problem.