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[liberationtech] @GreatFireChina and @FreeWeibo report that Microsoft is deploying Chinese censorship on global scale

Griffin Boyce griffin at cryptolab.net
Wed Feb 12 10:59:54 PST 2014


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: @GreatFireChina and @FreeWeibo report that Microsoft is
deploying Chinese censorship on global scale
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:41:52 -0500
From: Sandra <SandraOrdonez at openitp.org>
Organization: OpenITP
To: Asia at lists.openitp.org

Dear FreeWeibo and GreatFire.org Supporters,

Microsoft has responded to the claims we made yesterday with regards
to global Chinese censorship on Bing.

We have just published our response to Microsoft.

In short, what Microsoft is saying is simply not true - and anybody,
anywhere, can run independent tests themselves to verify our claims
and to see that Microsoft is quite simply trying to cover up their
complicit involvement in China's attempts to cleanse the worldwide web
of any negative information about the Middle Kingdom.

Before we published our post yesterday, we gave Microsoft four days to
check to see if there was a technical error. Their first answer was
"no comment" but now they believe that there is a partial error on
their part. But we have checked our tests to see if an error is to
blame and the results are in: "Computer says no!".

Many media have reported that this is an issue which is affecting
users in the US. We just want to highlight that this issue affects
Bing customers everywhere in the world.

We also believe that this is the perfect time for Microsoft to drop
its excessive global censorship policy on any version outside of China
and International bing inside China.

This story shines a negative light on both Microsoft and China. We
fully expect the Chinese authorities to continue with their draconian
censorship practice. But for Microsoft, this is an enormous
opportunity - do the right thing and stand up to Chinese censorship
now. It has damaged your credibility with customers!

As always, if you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to
contact me.

Best, Charlie

FreeWeibo has been nominated for the Index on Censorship 2014 digital
activism award:

https://freeweibo.com
https://en.greatfire.org/press




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