This year is already a challenge for Microsoft Bing. From Wednesday, it seems that the search engine is no longer available in China, despite the company's commitment to censor search results.
The Financial Times said on Wednesday he had spoken with two sources who said that bin was banned from introducing a directive. by the Chinese government. While it is unclear what caused the apparent ban, China's state-owned China Unicom may have been notified to search Bing's search engine for censorship, Microsoft's Financial Times reported. he "confirmed that Bing is currently unavailable in China and [is] committed to determining the next steps."
Most of the sources many of us regularly receive our news are already blocked in China, including the titans in the social such as Facebook. and Twitter. The Financial Times noted that Microsoft is one of the latest search tools abroad that still hold a presence in the country before Wednesday. Google downloaded its search engine from the market as early as 2010, but whether it will remain a hot button now.
As Verge notes, Bing's obvious blacklists raise questions about the future of Google's Dragonfly project. The polarizing, previously silent, censored Chinese search product has sparked indignation from activists and Google employees, more than 700 of whom signed an open letter in November, urging the company's leadership to put an end to any project development. 19659004] "The Chinese government is certainly not only willing to stifle freedom of expression and use observation to suppress dissent," the letter wrote. "Dragonfly in China will create a dangerous precedent in an unstable political moment that will make it harder for Google to deny similar concessions to other countries."
Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, who even protects a censored search engine from Google in China as a better option than the lack of one, said at a court meeting last month that the company had no plans to release such a product "now."
Aside from apparently being banned in China, this is not a great month for Bing. Just a few weeks ago, the company faced a failure of the TechCrunch report, which found that its search engine found child pornography in its results.
[The Verge, Financial Times]