Microsoft’s Bing Research engine Has Been inaccessible in China on Thursday, with social Networking users fearing it could be the latest foreign website to Become blocked by censors.
Efforts to open cn.bing.com has resulted in an error message for most consumers because Wednesday.
“We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are participated to see next steps,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a brief statement, hours after stating that the company was investigating the issue.
China’s Communist authorities run an internet censorship device called the”Great Firewall”, which blocks a slew of websites such as Facebook, Twitter and many international media outlets.
But it was not clear whether Bing joined the long list of prohibited websites, or if its China support was experiencing technical issues.
China’s cyberspace administration didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
China’s Great Firewall could be circumvented with a virtual private network (VPN), which may conceal an individual’s IP address.
On Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social networking site, folks complained about the absence of accessibility, with a few exceptions that Bing too was”walled off”.
Others beamed their dissatisfaction about having to utilize Baidu, China’s largest domestic search service.
“I can not start Bing, but I don’t want to use Baidu – what to do?” Wrote one user.
“Bing is really dead – is this to force me to use Baidu??”
China has tightened policing of the Web in the last couple of years, shuttering 26,000″illegal” sites in 2018 alone and deleting six million on line articles containing vulgar content, the official Xinhua news agency said earlier this month.
Both sides are scheduled for new trade negotiations next week.