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[News] Civil Rights Defended by All Search Engines But Microsoft

  • Subject: [News] Civil Rights Defended by All Search Engines But Microsoft
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:53:44 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Google and Yahoo! join Oz protests

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| Google and Yahoo! have joined a pressure 
| group which seeks to stop Communications 
| Minister Stephen Conroy's doomed attempt to 
| filter Aussie web traffic.
| [...]
| It is also concerned that Conroy's 
| mandatory filer will include content that 
| is educational or social. Trials last year 
| did wrongly blacklist websites promoting a 
| Queensland dentist, a photographer and a 
| travel agent.
| Finally, the group warned that sites like 
| YouTube, which is bound to have some pages 
| on the filter blacklist, would effectively 
| overload the filter and create bottlenecks.


Google and Yahoo raise doubts over planned net filters


Facebook hit with class action over privacy changes

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| A class action lawsuit has been filed 
| against Facebook over changes that the 
| social networking site made to its privacy 
| settings last November and December.


Any use of this article without the NFL's express written consent is prohibited

,----[ Quote ]
| With the Super Bowl just concluded and 
| baseball's spring training only weeks away, 
| a question occurred to us: whatever 
| happened to the push for copyright holders 
| to tone down their copyright notices?



Yahoo,Microsoft and Flickr to restrict porn in India


Microsoft, Yahoo help keep India away from porn?


Yahoo,Microsoft and Flickr to restrict porn in India


Yahoo and Microsoft steer Indian searches away from adult content

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| An investigation by Britain's Guardian
| newspaper has found that Yahoo and
| Microsoft's search engines have complied
| with an Indian law that requires the use of
| safe search settings, altering the search
| engine optimization (SEO) landscape for
| internet users in that country.


Dalai Lama quotes? Thereâs an app for that â except in China

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| I suppose we should be used to it by now,
| but itâs still disheartening to see U.S.
| tech companies whose success has been tied
| to the free flow of information so readily
| accommodate government censorship elsewhere.
| The latest examples: Apple, Yahoo and
| Microsoft.


Microsoft Claims It Fixed Bing's Chinese Search 'Bug'

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| Microsoft claims it fixed a controversial
| "bug" that made Bing Image Search deliver
| uniformly pro-Chinese-government results
| to politically sensitive queries inputted
| in Simplified Chinese.
| Bing came under fire on Nov. 20 from New
| York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who
| accused Microsoft of "craven kowtowing" to
| the Chinese government by offering
| "sanitized pro-Communist results" in
| response to Bing searches in Simplified
| Chinese for terms such as "Tiananmen" and
| "Dalai Lama."


Boycott Microsoft Bing

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| If you search a term on Bing that is
| politically sensitive in China, in English
| the results are legitimate. Search
| âTiananmenâ and youâll find out about the
| army firing on pro-democracy protesters in
| 1989. Search Dalai Lama, Falun Gong and you
| also get credible results. Conduct the
| search in complex Chinese characters (the
| kind used in Taiwan and Hong Kong) and on
| the whole you still get authentic results.
| But conduct the search with the simplified
| characters used in mainland China, then you
| get sanitized pro-Communist results. This is
| especially true of image searches. Magic! No
| Tiananmen Square massacre. The Dalai Lama
| becomes an oppressor. Falun Gong believers
| are villains, not victims.


NYT's Kristof: Boycott Bing

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| Kristof's objection, outlined in a blog post
| this afternoon, centers around his
| observation that searches conducted using
| simplified Chinese characters in Bing return
| "sanitized pro-Communist results" not just
| in China but around the world. He questions
| Microsoft's claim that the results are
| determined by search algorithms, not its
| corporate policy. Here's an excerpt from his
| post.


Bing Censoring All Simplified Chinese Language Queries


Bing Search Tainted by Pro-Microsoft Results

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| The first of the search results about the Microsoft Word question linked to a
| page about how expensive Manhattan is (Is Microsoft competing with Manhattan
| now?). The top responses to the "Is Microsoft Evil?" question were, get this,
| a link to a New York Times story about whether or not Google is considered
| evil, a link about proxy servers, and a link to a story about Microsoft being
| charitable. Wow.

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