Microsoft’s Bing blocked in China

Microsoft-owned search engine Bing has been blocked in China.

“We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Mashable.

The news was first reported by the Financial Times. Chinese state-owned telecommunications operator China Unicom told one of the FT’s “two sources familiar with the matter” that Bing had been blocked after a government order.  

Chinese mainland users had reportedly posted on social media about their inability to access Bing’s cn.bing.com, while those outside the country could still access it (we could load the page in Australia and the U.S.). 

Bing's China homepage is not accessible within mainland China.

Bing’s China homepage is not accessible within mainland China.

Image: Mashable screenshot

According to the FT, attempts to access the site in China resulted in a “connection error,” in which Chinese nameservers could not retrieve the IP address of Bing’s China site.

“This form of nameserver corruption has been often used by the Chinese government to block platforms,” read the report.

The move would make Microsoft the latest U.S. tech company blocked by the so-called “Great Firewall” of online censorship in China — WhatsApp was cut off in 2017.

Fellow search engine Google has had its main service barred in China since 2010, but in August 2018, leaked documents blew the cover on the company’s plans to ready a censored version of its search engine in a custom Android app to launch in China.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai finally confirmed the once-secret Project Dragonfly in October, which prompted a group of Google employees to publish an open letter to their employer in protest, saying that the service would enable human rights abuses in China, and potentially help codify a censored internet in other countries that demand it.

News of the Bing block comes just over a week after a New York Times report detailing China’s crackdown on the country’s Twitter users, with police in China questioning and detaining those who use the service in increasing numbers. 

Additional reporting by Matt Binder and Rachel Kraus.

Cms%252f2019%252f1%252faf1fd354 70bd 9105%252fthumb%252f00001.jpg%252foriginal.jpg?signature=9a1fs  0zmssvw9l td1dgwgote=&source=https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable

Source link

more recommended stories

  • The Series’ debuts first trailer at D23: Watch

    If you weren’t already dancing on.

  • DoorDash will finally fix its controversial tipping structure

    Food delivery service DoorDash has been.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Beyond big

    With so many features and ways.

  • Amazon’s Cloud Cam is on sale for 25% off — its lowest price ever

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Facebook wants to hire journalists, but where does that leave News Feed?

    Facebook’s news plans are starting to.

  • Study finds connection between using emoji and having sex

    Recent studies suggest that frequent use.

  • Huawei’s foldable phone may come with a more powerful chip and camera

    Huawei’s Mate X — the company’s.

  • Finally a ‘dream job’ contest that let’s you decide what that is

    Follow your dreams.  That’s nice advice.

  • Making calls with Siri or Google could lead to you getting scammed

    If you’ve ever used Siri or.

  • Flip flops made of grass, live hermit crabs, and more weird stuff on Amazon this week

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Netflix’s ‘Diagnosis’ is real-life ‘House’ for the digital age: Review

    The following is a spoiler-free review.

  • TomTom GPS devices on sale for 30% off at Amazon — now $118

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Bumble and Tinder are paying frats to throw parties, acquire new users

    The wholesome, all-American tradition of drunken.

  • Jonathan Groff sings insanely sweet voice memos for kids as Kristoff from ‘Frozen’

    RIP my ovaries: Jonathan Groff, who.

  • Samsung might launch a phone with a graphene battery next year

    Samsung is working to launch a.

  • Bear breaks into a house and escapes ‘like the Kool-Aid Man’ when the cops arrive

    Bears are a lot like the.

  • Ninja accuses Twitch of pushing porn on his unused account

    Ninja has beef with Twitch, the.

  • He tried to prank the DMV. Then his vanity license plate backfired big time.

    Everyone hates parking tickets. Not everyone,.

  • For Season 3, ‘GLOW’ stays in Vegas while everyone changes

    It’s an old saying, and super.

  • Orphaned baby koala gets a tiny arm cast after falling from tree

    These adorable images of a baby.

  • 46% of social media users are ‘worn out’ by politics on social media

    We’re more than a year away.

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix

    Game of Thrones creators and showrunners.

  • Stephen Colbert catches out Fox News admitting Trump might be a racist

    After comparing America’s gun culture to.

  • Get the Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot together for $25 off on Amazon

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Best back-to-school sales this week: iPad, Bose, Keurig

    Heads up: All products featured here.

  • Cloudflare announces termination of 8chan’s service

    Cloudflare has announced that it will.

  • Pre-order ‘FIFA 20’ from GAME for under £35 (UK deal)

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Hailstones the size of baseballs pound parts of Canada

    The Earth continues to drop casual.

  • Domain registry moves to ban cryptocurrency names

    Sorry, crypto companies, you can’t register.

  • Desperate farmer destroys rare Lion King toy on live TV to make a point about online bullying

    On Friday morning, Australian time, a.

  • Soon you might be able to access Google Play content for $4.99 a month

    Disclosure Every product here is independently.

  • ‘Queer Eye’ stars share the disgusting incident that made Antoni literally pee himself laughing

    You’re used to the cast of.