Google, Yahoo, Microsoft urge U.S. to get involved in China censorship fight – Elinor Mills

From the Yahoo Blog on

, Yahoo and Microsoft–criticized for acquiescing to Chinese censorship rules–say the U.S. government should be doing more to get China to loosen up.

In lieu of sending executives to appear before a Congressional Human Rights Caucus hearing on Wednesday, the companies sent statements.

“In addition to common action by Internet companies, there is an important role for the United States government to address, in the context of its bilateral government-to-government relationships, the larger issues of free expression and open communication. For example, as a U.S.-based company that deals primarily in information, we have urged the United States government to treat censorship as a barrier to trade,” Google’s senior policy counsel Andrew McLaughlin wrote in a statement posted on the Google Blog.

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