22 June 2009

US raises China filter amid business concern: official

The United States raised concerns to China about its new rule requiring Internet filtering software in computers after US businesses voiced unease. Computer makers have been told that all personal computers sold from July 1 must be shipped with anti-pornography software, a move that trade and rights groups say is a bid by Beijing to further tighten Internet controls. In Beijing, US embassy spokesman Richard Buangan told AFP that US officials had met with Chinese authorities to address concerns about the software. A US official said in Washington that the appeal came in part due to worries by US computer makers.