China has been strict when it comes to regulating its internet service. This time its Microsoft search engine Bing that’s landed in trouble following China strict internet laws. Earlier Google had to pull out of China back in 2010.
According to Microsoft Spokesperson – “We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps,”
The problem was noticed by Chinese users earlier on Wednesday who started posting about the situation on social media. The Chinese authorities remained silent about the issue earlier and were not available for comment.
US tech companies have often had to face the wrath of strict internet laws in China. Earlier after taking over Apple as the world’s most valuable company, Microsoft has faced a number of a setback in China. Earlier its popular video and phone calling app Skype landed in trouble and was removed from Apple and other third-party app stores in China in November 2017.
Other tech giants to face the regulations and were blocked include Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. China is sensitive to topics which are termed sensitive by Beijing, like the Tiananmen Square massacre, Tibet and criticism of President Xi Jinping. Apart from this pornography and crude content that the ruling Communist Party considers vulgar or otherwise harmful to society is also banned in China.
Microsoft has been working in close coordination with the Internet Society of China, which is a government-linked body and whose members pledge to refrain “from establishing links to websites that contain harmful information” or share any content which could “jeopardize state security and disrupt social stability, contravene laws and regulations and spread superstition and obscenity.”
Bing’s cn.bing.com site has been operating in China as it provided censored search results. International companies have long been criticized by the Human Rights group for adhering to the regulatory internet policies of China. But given such a huge market with a large number of online users, online shopping market it is impossible for them to ignore.
Google left China back in 2010, but there is a possibility it will be back with a censored version. Bing has struggled to make significant inroads capturing a mere 2% of the search market. On the other hand, Chinese counterpart Baidu has emerged as a dominant player with 70% followed by Alibaba-backed Shenma with about 16%.share last year.
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