China appears to have blocked MS search engine Bing

Anna Jefferson
January 27, 2019

Disable Bing will make Microsoft's latest American technology company, blocked the so-called "Great Chinese Firewall" of censorship, the WhatsApp service has been disabled in 2017.

The Financial Times reported that the search engine was blocked on Wednesday, per a government order. It remains to be seen if this event will affect Google's controversial efforts to develop a censored search engine for the market in any way.

At some point on Wednesday, internet users in mainland China began to notice that Cn.bing.com was no longer accessible within the country. Greatfire.org, a group that tracks which websites are blocked in China, pointed out that when China blocks a services, it takes some time for the blockade to spread across the country.

Fang accused Baidu, the dominant Chinese search engine in the country, of replacing many recommended web links and products with its own, thus becoming more of a marketing platform than a search engine.

Microsoft confirmed in a statement that Bing was inaccessible in China.

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The government's Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) watchdog did not respond to faxed questions about Bing's blocked website.

China's tough stance on tech companies is well-known.

Smith also acknowledged that Microsoft had fewer legal rights in China than in other countries.

While Google Search has been absent from China for some time, Bing has been available.

Bing had been allowed to operate in the country because it censored search results, Schmitz reports. In 2010, China released a white paper defending its censorship, in which it said that while the internet is "a crystallization of human wisdom", citizens can't attain it all.

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Because of Google's nonattendance, state-controlled Baidu has emerged as the nation's leading search provider, controlling more than 70 percent of the market.

Its research division - Microsoft Research Asia - is also an established presence in Beijing with a new AI lab opening in Shanghai.

Chinese internet users who lost access to Bing set off grumbling about the ruling Communist Party's increasingly tight censorship earlier today. Others complained they were forced to use Chinese search engines they say deliver poor results.

Facebook attempted to set up an office in China past year, but appears to have been blocked. In a statement given to VentureBeat, Microsoft said it's investigating the issue, yet the organization has not yet affirmed that Bing is down because of any sort of Chinese government intercession or an outright ban.

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