Microsoft has once again proven that the only thing that matters to them is the bottom-line profit. Forget integrity and morality. Forget standing up for what is right. Microsoft’s upcoming deal with Chinese search provider Baidu makes them an accomplice to continued internet censorship and tramples over human rights.
According to an IDG report, Baidu is currently sitting on an 80% share of the Chinese search engine market. Adding Microsoft to the English language results through Bing “may boost its share even higher.” Microsoft will comply with the oppressive regime, filtering out results relating to political dissidents and pornography to name a few.
The New York Times also writes:
new English-language search results will undoubtedly be censored, since Beijing maintains strict controls over Internet companies and requires those operating on the mainland to censor results the government deems dangerous or troublesome, including references to human rights issues and dissidents.
In a response to The New York Times piece, Microsoft states:
Microsoft respects and follows laws and regulations in every country where we run business. We operate in China in a manner that both respects local authority and culture and makes clear that we have differences of opinion with official content management policies.
In other words, Microsoft is just fine with censoring search results regardless whether or not the company agrees with the regime’s policies.
Google did the right thing by refusing to compromise the integrity of their product. They pulled out of mainland China, unwilling to give in to the requirements of the Chinese censorship policies. Google decided that morality, integrity, and human rights were more valuable to them than the bottom line. Come on Microsoft, get with the program!
- Microsoft to power Baidu’s English-language searches (digitaltrends.com)
- Microsoft to Partner With China’s Leading Search Engine – NYTimes.com (mbcalyn.wordpress.com)
- Microsoft does what Google could not; sets off to take over China with Baidu (saintel.wordpress.com)
- China Rejects Internet Censorship Lawsuit Filed in US (censorshipinamerica.com)
- Internet Censorship Stepped Up in Inner Mongolia (censorshipinamerica.com)
- A Chinese Facebook is Coming and Will Make Huge Censorship Concessions (censorshipinamerica.com)