China Plans To Scan Text Messages For Unhealthy Content... Five Years After Announcing The Same Thing

from the it's-winter-reruns-everyone... dept

Apparently, it's time for reruns. The NY Times is reporting that China is now planning to start scanning text messages for "unhealthy content," which is defined as including any of various (secret) keywords supplied by the police. Now, given the recent ramp up in attention paid to China's censorship efforts, this might be interesting... if it hadn't been announced five years ago. This is what the NY Times wants us to pay for? I guess if they block off their content behind a paywall, no one would be able to search the archives of the NY Times to find out that that great paper had covered the story five years ago itself (though, a couple months after we wrote about it).
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    Marcus Carab (profile), 20 Jan 2010 @ 11:01am

    Of course, if they participated in the online community and provided links to their sources, we might be able to figure out why this story came to their attention twice and if there is in fact any new information here...

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    healthomatic, 20 Jan 2010 @ 11:05am

    introducing the text message wash and dry

    yes folks for a paltry sum of 9.99 you too can get it wiped and cleaned making sure it passes the overlords sniff and healthy test.

    Make sure it never offends, never is unhealthy and never worry again

    [small print here u never understand but is really more ways to rip you off and censor you ]

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    jimbo, 20 Jan 2010 @ 1:26pm

    what a bunch of control freaks...

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    lighten up fool, 21 Jan 2010 @ 1:21am

    poor darkhelmet

    its a play on bettlejeuce
    where he says welcome kmart shoppers

    i guess if you have no sence a haha you never understand it

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    Joel, 2 Aug 2010 @ 12:06pm

    Text Message Screening

    It's crazy how used I have gotten to having my smartphone and having the ability to send thousand of text messages every day. I even get text message notifications from my community church organization.

    Having Text message service is something that I take for granted--just another thing I have to be thankful for.

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