Where Does the Party Want You to Go Today?


Microsoft has capitulated to Chinese censors by banning certain "sensitive" terms on its blog service, Spaces:

The [Financial Times] said that attempts to input words in Chinese such as 'democracy' prompted an error message from the site: 'This item contains forbidden speech. Please delete the forbidden speech from this item.' Other phrases banned included the Chinese for 'demonstration', 'democratic movement' and 'Taiwan independence'.

"Freedom" is also, apparently, verboten. If you're inclined to look for silver linings, this does at least make transparent to the average Chinese web surfer exactly how paranoid its own government is—and what sorts of things leaders are afraid of.