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Gates defends Chinese web censorship

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

This isn’t going to help Gates and Microsoft’s lagging popularity in the US at all …

It will exasperate Microsoft’s PRs that Bill Gates’s philanthropic efforts attract far less attention than his comments on, say, China and the internet.

BBC Today’s Evan Davis managed to shoehorn in a brief question on Gates’s opinions about Chinese censorship, despite what was no doubt a strictly managed interview set up.

Google made a big deal about pulling out of China, finally, in protest at continued censorship and those hacking attempts. But why, asked Davies, would an intelligent man like Gates make the statement that “Chinese efforts to censor the internet have been very limited”. Was he just having an off day? Before a PR intervened and cut off the discussion, Gates’ reply was: