Under a banner of the need to do business in China, Microsoft’s MSN/China joint venture is creating a firestorm of criticism for their apparent kowtowing to Beijing’s Communist regime. The Financial Times describes the MSN censorship.
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".
It was possible to enter such words within blogs created using MSN Spaces, but the move to block them from the more visible section of the site highlights the willingness of some foreign internet companies to tailor their services to avoid upseting China’s Communist government.