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Yahoo founder defends China censorship

Jerry Yang, one of the co-founders of Internet giant Yahoo, defended the Internet search engine's cooperation with the Chinese government's censorship of the Web, saying it was necessary to reach out to new users, an AFP report said.

The report said lawmakers had accused tech giants Yahoo, Google and Microsoft of helping sustain the so-called "Great Firewall of China," which blocked searches of terms considered to be sensitive, such as "free speech" and "human rights."

But Yang, quoted in the AFP report, said: "We have to think of a way in which the Internet phenomenon can continue to grow and reach more users and at the same time comply with local laws. In places like China and other places that have different political regimes, I think you'll see them trying to react and potentially regulate these kinds of activities."

Yahoo came under fire last year for supplying information to the Chinese government, which led to the arrest of Chinese journalist Shi Tao, the report said.

Google also caused uproar when it launched in January because it agreed to abide by Chinese Internet regulations and censor Web sites and content banned by the nation's propaganda chiefs, the report said.

Date posted: March 29, 2006 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 2374