Microsoft censors Chinese blogger

I was very disappointed to hear that that Microsoft removed the Web site of a Chinese blogger critical of his government earlier this week.

A couple of years ago, such actions wouldn't have surprised me, but now, with Microsoft having effectively re-invented itself, I am truly surprised about its actions, which raise a number of questions regarding the software giant kow-towing to the repressive regime in China.

Even more incredible is the fact that the PR bunnies have wheeled out CEO Steve Ballmer to defend the decision.

"We have an obligation in all the countries where we do business to abide by the laws and the government decrees in those countries," he said in a press statement.

According to Microsoft, Zhao Jing's blog, formerly located on the MSN Spaces service, "has been blocked to help ensure the service complies with local laws in China."

Shame!

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