Coffeehouse Thread

1 post

Forum Read Only

This forum has been made read only by the site admins. No new threads or comments can be added.

Limits to filtering of "forbidden speech" on MSN Spaces

Back to Forum: Coffeehouse
  • User profile image

    According to Rebecca MacKinnon over at Global Voices Online, it's possible to circumvent the filtering of "prohibited speech" on MSN Spaces.

    From the article:

    Some Chinese bloggers have said that they were able to set up Chinese language MSN Spaces blogs using the “forbidden” political words. To clarify the situation I tried to set up my own freedom loving Chinese blog. I went into the MSN Spaces Chinese interface at:, and tried to set up a blog titled 我爱言论自由人权和民主, which means “I love freedom of speech, human rights, and democracy.”

    Generic Forum Image

    I got the following error message: 您必须输入您的共享空间标题。标题不能包含禁止的语言,例如亵渎的语言。请键入一个不同的标题。Which means: “You must enter a title for your space. The title must not contain prohibited language, such as profanity. Please type a different title.”

    Generic Forum Image

    I guess Microsoft considers “human rights,” “democracy,” and “freedom of speech” to be profanity.

    This censorship can be circumvented with Bennet Haselton’s Freedom Hack Instructions. Using the instructions I was successful in creating the Chinese blog called “I love freedom of speech, democracy, and human rights.”

    Read the whole thing...

Conversation locked

This conversation has been locked by the site admins. No new comments can be made.