Jul 16, 2022 03:58 AM

Kingsoft Word Processor Scandal Raises Awkward Questions for Cloud Firms

WPS is a core product of Kingsoft Office.
WPS is a core product of Kingsoft Office.

Kingsoft Corp., the company behind one of China’s most popular word processors, was forced to deny that it censored a writer’s draft novel — stored on her hard drive — by locking her out of it. The incident raises awkward questions for cloud service providers about unauthorized policing of private documents.

The case was propelled into the public eye this week by an online influencer. After a groundswell of social media reaction that included other users sharing similar experiences, the company issued a statement Monday saying it had suspended the file for suspicion of violating the law.

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