Skype criticised for complying with censorship rules

19 Apr 2006

VoIP provider Skype has responded to criticism that it has censors messages carried over its network containing words like ‘Falun Gong’ and ‘Dalai Lama’, by claiming that compliance with local censorship laws is the only way to do business in the country. According to Skype Chief Executive Niklas Zennstrom, its local arm Tom Online has implemented a text filter to comply with Chinese legislation. He insisted that the actions of Tom had not put users at risk, ‘One thing that’s certain is that those things are in no way jeopardising the privacy or security of any of the users.’