Text Messages Being Monitored In China For "Illegal" Keywords

Censorship's been an ongoing issue in China for decades, but in the last week Google's really opened a can of worms. Now, the massive carrier China Mobile has been found snooping on people's messages, looking for "illegal or unhealthy content".

The Chinese government has supplied a list of keywords for China Mobile to search for, targeting those engaged in piracy, pornography and anything else they deem as being unsavoury. Get this - if they find someone who's using the specific keywords, they'll lock the phones so that they're no longer able to send text messages. Makes you feel a whole lot happier with your current network provider, doesn't it. [NY Times]

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