Source: Preston Gralla, Computer World
Microsoft’s upcoming deal with Chinese search firm Baidu to have Bing power English-powered search in China may add some revenue to Microsoft’s bottom line — but it makes Microsoft a willing partner in abetting China’s strict Internet censorship. The deal is wrong and Microsoft should abandon it.
Baidu has 80% of the search engine market in China, IDG reports, and adds that “Better English-language results through Bing may boost its share even higher.”
Exact terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. But one thing is certain: Microsoft will continue to censor search results for the authoritarian regime as part of the arrangement.
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