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Yahoo censors more Chinese than the Chinese

Desperately seeking to please
Fri Jun 16 2006, 16:18
SEARCH ENGINE outfit, Yahoo! is more ruthless at censoring its content in China than the locals, a media watch dog has barked.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said their tests showed that Yahoo.cn blocked a higher percentage of politically sensitive results than Google.cn or the beta version of msn.cn.

The test involved typing the words like "press freedom" or "human rights" into the Chinese versions of Yahoo, Google and MSN, as well as a Chinese-based search engine, Baidu.

A spokesman for the group said that Google.cn is censored, but it's far less than what Yahoo. Even Baidu didn't restrict access to some of the sites that Yahoo did.

Yahoo.cn and Baidu block access to the search engines for an hour in half the cases after a search was conducted using the sensitive keywords.

Yahoo has absolutely no respect for freedom of information, a RSF spokesman told Wired, here. µ

 

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