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MPs call on IT companies to follow Google and stop Chinese censorship

MP Tom Watson has tabled an early day motion in the House of Commons asking technology companies to follow Google's lead and refuse to censor internet activities in China.

Watson has applauded Google's plans to stop censoring the internet in China after it discovered evidence of Chinese cyber attacks and surveillance of human rights activists.

He said in a blog post: "We should all applaud them for this brave corporate move. And we should also use their lead to put pressure on other technology companies to stop all this nonsense once and for all. Apple should go next. They should refuse to censor the Dalai Lama applications from their App store."

Watson said on Twitter that MPs from four parties are supporting the motion. Early day motions are motions that are submitted for debate in the House of Commons. The topics submitted are however rarely debated, with the motions instead being used to publicise the views of individual MPs and to demonstrate the extent of support for a particular cause, according to Parliament's website.

Watson's motion says: "This House notes with concern Google's announcement that its corporate infrastructure was attacked from sources originating in China; further notes that the primary reason for the attempted hack was to target private email accounts of human rights activists; congratulates Google on the decision to end its policy of censoring search results in China; and further believes that other technology companies should follow Google's lead by refusing to collaborate with demands to censor their activities."


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