Acting as China’s Web Cops – Red Herring

From Red Herring (link):

Media coverage of northern Inuit clubbing baby seals was enough to charge emotions and virtually close down Canada’s fur trade in the 1980s. Images of white police officers clubbing blacks in Soweto Township outside Johannesburg sent international investors and multinationals packing in apartheid-era South Africa a decade earlier.

Can reports of Chinese recently jailed on the strength of Yahoo-supplied information start a divestment trend against U.S. companies collaborating with dictatorships? Will investors bolt over Yahoo, Google, and MSN filtering out information critical of Beijing, as happens now? The current consensus on both questions is a resounding “no way.”

But what if there were a Yahoo-inspired roundup of 50 or 100 dissidents”would that have investors running for the hills? Almost anything could spark it: China is a web of fractious communities. “Social disturbances,” as Beijing calls riots often involving thousands, have increased alarmingly. The authorities are on edge.


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