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October 5, 2007 3:43 PM

As Internet censorship tightens in China, private firms pitch in

China has refined a unique model of policing the Internet in which private business self-censors nearly as much as state censors themselves. The largest private Chinese Internet companies now employ their own teams of monitors to enforce often-vague state guidelines about what's permitted. Censors are quick to delete posts they consider touchy, and commercial Internet portals and blog-hosting sites enforce controls with vigor, lest their licenses get pulled.

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