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China may have blocked Microsoft's Bing in the latest censorship game: Report

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This year already turns out to be challenging for Microsoft's Bing. It is evident from Wednesday that the search engine is no longer available in China, despite the company's commitment to censor its search results

The Financial Times reported Wednesday that it was talking to two sources who said Bing was barred from a Chinese government directive. Although it is unclear what led to the obvious ban, the Chinese telecommunications company China Unicom, which has been given the Chinese telecommunications company China Unicom, has been told to bend the Bing search engine in the censorship area, Financial Times says.

A Microsoft spokesman told Gizmodo in a statement via e-mail that it "has confirmed that Bing is currently unavailable in China and [is] to determine the next step."

Most of the sources that many of us regularly receive news about are already blocked in China, including social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The Financial Times noted that Microsoft was one of the last foreign search tools that still maintained a presence in the country before Wednesday. Google pulled its search engine back from the market in 2010 – but if it remains, it's currently a hot button issue.

As Verge, Bing's obvious blacklist highlights issues about the future of Google's Dragonfly Project. The polarizing, former hush-hush project for a censored Chinese search product has given rise to activists and Google employees. More than 700 of them signed an open letter in November, calling on the company's management to complete each development of the project. 19659004] "The Chinese government is certainly not alone in its willingness to stifle freedom of expression and to use surveillance to suppress deviation," the letter read. "Dragonfly in China would create a dangerous precedent in a fleeting political moment, one that would make it harder for Google to deny other countries similar concessions."

Google CEO Sundar Pichai-who has defended a censored search engine by Google in China as a better option than not having one at all, said during a house court committee last month that the company had no plans to launch such a product "right now ". But his pointed non-response insinuated that it was not "completely off the table either.

Apart from the fact that it is apparently blocked in China, it has not been a particularly good month for Bing, a few weeks ago, the company faced the fall of a TechCrunch report showing that the search engine was child pornography in their results.

[The Verge, Financial Times]

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