Big Brothers Help Each Other Out

Wired: Microsoft is cooperating with China’s government to censor the company’s newly launched Chinese-language web portal, a spokesman for the tech giant said.
The policy affects blogs created through the MSN Spaces service, said Adam Sohn, a global sales and marketing director at MSN.
Microsoft and its government-funded Chinese business partner work with authorities to omit certain forbidden language, Sohn said, declining to provide specific examples.
“I don’t have access to the list at this point so I can’t really comment specifically on what’s there,” he told The Associated Press.
On Monday, Agence France-Presse, the French news agency, said bloggers were not allowed to post terms to MSN Spaces such as “democracy,” “human rights” and “Taiwan independence.” Attempts to enter those words were said to generate a message saying the language was prohibited.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I wonder what Steve Jobs would do. WWSJD? (Kinda like Jesus…)
    AND, presuming he and Apple would decide against such cooperation with China in the name of free speech, or democracy, or SOMETHING, I see great opportunity for Apple to use this as yet another difference between the two companies in their next campaign.