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Microsoft says Bing has been blocked in China

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Microsoft says Bing has been blocked in China

Microsoft says Bing has been blocked in China

Microsoft's Bing search engine has been blocked in China, according to a statement from the company, making it the latest foreign technology service to be shut down behind the country's Great Firewall.

Ed Giles reports.


Microsoft says Bing has been blocked in China

Microsoft says its search engine, Bing, has been blocked in China.

The company said in a statement on Wednesday (January 24) that the service was inaccessible in China, and they were trying to determine what quote "next steps" might look like.

The blockage makes Bing the latest foreign tech service to disappear behind the country's so-called Great Firewall.

With users trying to access Bing's Chinese website being redirected to a page saying the server cannot be reached.

Before Wednesday Bing was the only major foreign search engine accessible within China, and Microsoft had censored sensitive search results from the service to comply with policy from Beijing.

But the Financial Times, citing a source, reported that the government had ordered the Bing blockage.

That adds to a long list.

Google's search engine has been officially blocked inside China since 2010.

And Facebook among other major foreign-owned web services has been kicked out too.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sped up control of the internet inside China since around 2016, as the ruling Communist Party works to crack down online criticism of the government.

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