Microsoft is assisting the Chinese government in muzzling the Chinese people. It has configured its MSN Spaces blogging software and service to ban words such as “freedom” and “democracy.”

MS’s prominent blogger, Robert Scoble, sacrifices in one fell swoop, every last hint of his credibility with this cheap PR weasel-bark.

It is deftly swept aside not only by Rebecca MacKinnon, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman center and nine-year resident of China as Beijing bureau chief for CNN; but by every credible Chinese blogger as well.

Thankfully, Bennett Haselton has hacked a way out of MSN’s censorship.