Published: Sun, January 27, 2019
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Bing search engine blocked in China

Bing search engine blocked in China

A search on Bing China's website from mainland China directs users to a page that says the server can not be reached.

"We've confirmed that Bing is now inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps", a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News.

Although Bing isn't exactly the lead player in the search market there (that is very much a title held by local company, Baidu), Microsoft has many other irons in the Chinese Fire (wall), including a new research centre due to open this year. In a statement given to The New York Times, Microsoft said: "We've confirmed that Bing is now inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps".

Cyber watchdog Cyberspace Administration of China had said on Wednesday that it had deleted more than 7 million pieces of online information and 9,382 mobile apps. But the incident is still bad news for any USA internet company thinking of expanding into China and playing by the country's rules, like Google. Microsoft, however, did comply with the Chinese government's policies to keep Bing from being blocked, though something must have changed for the latest ban.

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

That has helped Chinese competitors such as search engine Baidu.com to flourish.


"Is it really necessary to force me to use these garbage domestic search engines?" said a comment Thursday on Sina Weibo.

Bing had been allowed to operate in the country because it censored search results, Schmitz reports.

This search engine was the last major American service, who worked in China. 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. It had only a 2 percent share of the country's search market, according to StatCounter.

Google recently suffered a backlash and protests from its employees over the company's covert attempt to get back into China. The company has even misdirected Chinese users to government's own accounts about certain events or people.

News about Bing lock appeared just over a week after reports the New York Times, which details the persecution of Twitter users in China.

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