VoIP service provider Skype has been defending its decision to follow in the footsteps of Google and bow to the will of the Chinese government. Company boss Niklas Zennstrom has claimed that Skype will be only too happy to filter out things its best ordinary Chinese folks don't need to hear about, such as Dalai Lama, Falun Gong or Tiananmen Square protests. The move is likely to be seen as malevolent by free speech advocates.

"I may like or not like the laws and regulations to operate businesses in the UK or Germany or the US, but if I do business there I choose to comply with those laws and regulations. I can try to lobby to change them, but I need to comply with them. China in that way is not different." - Company boss Niklas Zennstrom.