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.
This is just plain wrong, both in the willingness to cave in to political pressure to win business and the likelihood the ploy will work. Microsoft should be ashamed to erase “democracy” and, when the gaping void they leave is filled by individual Chinese acting to bring democracy to the country Microsoft will be remembered as being on the wrong side. Dumb move.]]>