Assisting repression

Following allegations that Western web majors such as Yahoo and Microsoft were assisting the Chinese regime in finding Tibetans after the recent violence, Yahoo has denied the allegations:

“Contrary to media reports, Yahoo! Inc. is not displaying images on its web sites of individuals wanted by Chinese authorities in connection with the recent unrest in Tibet,” it said in a statement sent to AFP in Paris.

“We are looking into this matter with Alibaba Group, the company that controls China Yahoo!,” the company said.

YouTube is now also available again in China.

Major questions remain as to the rights and responsibilities of Western internet companies in a repressive regime such as China.

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