Text Messages Being Monitored In China For "Illegal" Keywords

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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 unsavory. 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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