China Blocks the Only Search Engine in the Country — Microsoft Bing
27 January, 2019, 09:30 | Author: Corey Lynch
At some point on Wednesday, internet users in mainland China began to notice that Cn.bing.com was no longer accessible within the country. What's intriguing is that even hours after the block, there's no word from Chinese authorities about the reason for Bing being banned nationwide - not even a confirmation.
The agency that enforces online censorship, the Cyberspace Administration of China, didn't respond to questions sent by fax.
The Firewall is a digital border that was built by the Chinese Government to control the internet in the mid-1990s.
Chinese filters block access to global social media including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. "This is just the Chinese authorities being the Chinese authorities". They also punish sites that fail to weed out material like pornography and crude content that the ruling Communist Party considers vulgar or otherwise harmful to society.
Google recently suffered a backlash and protests from its employees over the company's covert attempt to get back into China. The search engine is run by Microsoft and is one of the most used in the world behind Google. "And that does mean that there are days when there are either hard negotiations or even disagreements, but we're not aware of any ongoing negotiation or disagreement".
Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized worldwide companies for adhering to Beijing's strict censorship rules.
China has by far the biggest population of internet users, with about 800 million people online, according to government data.
The news about Bing being blocked also comes days after a message about Baidu being "dead" as a search engine became viral in China. A market leader with a share of 70% remains local service Baidu.
Although Bing enjoyed only about 2 percent of China's search engine market, its banishment was significant in a country known for controlling electronic access to information. 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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