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China’s largest internet firm, Tencent, is reportedly now censoring messages sent by international users of its popular WeChat service. The Shenzhen-based web giant, which accrued $US1.8bn in revenues in the last quarter, is one of the few Chinese online companies trying to expand its footprint overseas. Although its QQ instant …

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Coat

"messages discussing press freedom campaign blocked"

♪♫♫ ...and isn't it ironic, don't you think? A little tooooo ironic... ♪♪♫

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Re: "messages discussing press freedom campaign blocked"

Aww, thumbs-down? I'm hurt!

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Thumb Down

Re: "messages discussing press freedom campaign blocked"

Aww, "thumbs-down? I'm hurt!" thumbs-down? I'm hurt!

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Anonymous Coward

Not so sinister

I think I'd rather a nice honest rebuttal from a foreign company to my beloved regime’s approach:

Menace every company I interact with into silently sequestering every utterance I ever make anywhere into an immense archive for The Ministry of Love, Paedophilia Prevention, Counter-Terrorism and Protection to mine at their leisure. Thus by the time my turn comes 'round to be deemed a terrorist/paedophile, they'll have amassed all the data they need from which to cherry-pick sufficient "grounds" for the thought police to smash my door in at 5am and whisk me away for a nice stretch of "correction".

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Facepalm

Re: Not so sinister

Yes, our lot are so nasty, especially compared to China, where posting such sweeping criticism of your government's behaviour on a public forum won't get you in trouble at all.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Not so sinister

Yes, our lot are so nasty, especially compared to China, where posting such sweeping criticism of your government's behaviour on a public forum won't get you in trouble at all.

Yet...

Maybe...

Who knows how it'll be used?.. you certainly don't.

Anyway, the article wasn't about people in China posting derogatory comments about their government. Didn't you read it?

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Meh

Re: Not so sinister

the article wasn't about people in China posting derogatory comments about their government

Did you read your own comment? That's what I was referring to.

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Paris Hilton

Tencent

Tencent - I'm a big fan of his - love that "mother fucking P-I-M-P" tune!

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Angel

Why anyone would trust a Chinese company with their data is beyond me... it's almost as bad as trusting an American one... both have draconian data laws and brutish police tactics... but at least China is honest about it.

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Oh, you've a safe haven for all your data do you? Pray tell, where is it? If it is online you are at risk no matter where the company is based.

Personally I'd trust an American company long before one in Britain. At least American companies are honest about wanting your data for advertising. Her Majesty wants your data to minimize your benefits, keep users controlled & mine for evidence of 'bad' behavior.

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Black Helicopters

dum dum dum, dum de dum, dum de dum

Isn't this treading on the NSA's territory*

;)

*OH COME ON! You know they do it too!

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WTF?

Re: dum dum dum, dum de dum, dum de dum

"*OH COME ON! You know they do it too!"

I think somebody would notice if they were firing "You can't say that" messages back at people attempting to tweet nasty things about the government...

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they only follow the US

which has more than once decided to apply their own laws abroad, and won (but of course). The latest example being that Swiss bank a few weeks ago. That was only to protect the US tax man, and the Chinese only want to protect the purity of their vision, can't blame either, right? :(

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Anonymous Coward

Re: they only follow the US

Yeah, going after tax evaders by requesting information on bank accounts - which every other nation happily provides - is identical to censoring political speech between two foreign parties. Oh, the poor, beleaguered Swiss, trampled by the hegemony of the Evil Empire... *back of hand to forehead in 'woe is me' gesture*

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FAIL

and QQ's English/Chinese translation tool cannot translate "QQ" and has a hissy fit if you try.

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Happy

"Tencent didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment."

Because they censored the request.

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Anonymous Coward

...or the reply!

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Doing Business with the Chinese

As a Canadian, I am *so-o-o-o-o-* glad that a Chinese state owned corporation was able to buy up a sizeable chunk of the Athabasca Oilsands! Boy, we sure showed them! Our Government says that in doing so, we might encourage the Communist Party to loosen the controls a bit, and allow for greater individual freedom.

Gee, that seems to be working just swell. Evidently, they do not have to do a damned thing and we will still sell out our national resources to them. I cannot wait to be pushed aside from my own homeland to make way for Chinese exploitation. Careful - they might be listening! Oooh, won't I be in trouble now!

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Anonymous Coward

Following Best Practice

As mentioned earlier, what is being done is no different from what other governments are doing (US/UK included). Where it is different is that it is open knowledge and they also tell you the reason why. It is much preferable to the "keep on archive to deal with later" approach which is done by the so called more civilized countries. In the end, the "terror by government" should be our greatest fear.

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