Microsoft Corp. has shut down a popular Chinese-language blog that has published content potentially offensive to Chinese authorities, amid China’s ongoing efforts to control information on the Internet.
Microsoft’s MSN Spaces, which lets users create their own Web sites or Web logs, closed down the blog, written by Chinese journalist Zhao Jing under the pen name Michael Anti, on Dec. 30. The site had criticized the government’s firing of top editors at a progressive Beijing newspaper late last month. Efforts to access the site from inside and outside China trigger a notice that “the space is temporarily unavailable.”
Brooke Richardson, MSN’s lead product manager, confirmed in a statement yesterday that Mr. Zhao’s site “has been blocked at this time.”