December 3, 2004 5:09 PM PST

MSN bloggers try to foul up censorship tool

MSN Spaces, Microsoft's new blogging service, has sparked a new game for some of its users: trying to circumvent its censorship controls.

BoingBoing, a popular Web log, on Friday reported that MSN Spaces is rejecting certain blog titles or URLs because they contain words that Microsoft has deemed inappropriate.

However, like so many censorship tools, Microsoft's is proving less than perfect.

BoingBoing found that all of the most obvious profanities fell foul of Microsoft's electronic sentries.

But the fun started for many users when blogs with tricky titles that resembled innocuous terms--think of a racier version of "tit for tat," for example--cleared Microsoft's censorship filters.

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