PC Makers Offer China Internet Filter

From AFP:

Several PC makers said Friday they were voluntarily including China’s controversial Internet filter software in new shipments despite Beijing’s decision to postpone making it mandatory.

The government had been set to introduce the Chinese-made “ Youth Escort” programme but announced the delay hours before its implementation on July 1.

Customer service staff at PC makers including Taiwan’s Acer Inc and China’s Haier Group said they were nevertheless installing or packaging the software with all new PCs — but added it was easy to uninstall.

“You will find it with our PCs, as the state has requested. But … you can easily find a patch on the Internet to uninstall it,” one of Acer’s service staff told AFP on the phone, asking not to be named.

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