GoDaddy stop registering domain names in China - Microsoft criticized for stance in China

In any event, Google co-founder Sergey Brin isn't the only one criticizing Microsoft over its position. During a Congressional hearing, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, said Microsoft needs "to get with the program and join with the side of human rights rather than enabling tyranny, which's what they're doing now," according to a MarketWatch. CNNMoney quotes […]

In any event, Google co-founder Sergey Brin isn't the only one criticizing Microsoft over its position. During a Congressional hearing, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, said Microsoft needs "to get with the program and join with the side of human rights rather than enabling tyranny, which's what they're doing now," according to a MarketWatch. CNNMoney quotes a Microsoft statement on the situation: "We appreciate that different companies may make different decisions based on their own experiences and views. At Microsoft we remain committed to advancing free expression through active engagement in over 100 countries, even as we comply with the laws in every country in which we operate." Separately, GoDaddy.com, world's largest domain name registration company, told lawmakers that it’ll cease registering Web sites in China in response to intrusive new government rules that require applicants to provide extensive personal data, including photographs of themselves. The rules, the company said, are an effort by China to increase monitoring and surveillance of Web site content and could put individuals who register their sites with the firm at risk. The company also said the rules will’ve a "chilling effect" on new domain name registrations. GoDaddy's move follows Google's announcement.