Microsoft states that the error caused censorship of “Tankman” Bing


Microsoft blames “accidental human error” for the Bing search engine not displaying the image results for the query “Tank Man.”

The phrase is associated with the iconic image of a lone protester standing in front of a tank at Tiananmen Square in China during a 1989 demonstration.

On Friday, users who searched for this term reported receiving the message “No Tankman results.”

It caused accusations of possible censorship on the anniversary of the protest.

“Tank Man” is often used to refer to a person standing in front of a tank at Tiananmen Square in June 1989.

However, when users in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, and Singapore tried to find the image on Friday, the 32nd year after the protest, the image appeared to disappear.

China severely censors all online debates About the crackdown on Tiananmen Square. The commemorative ceremony celebrating the anniversary in Hong Kong this year was less important after authorities banned the memorial rally.

Beijing is known to require search engines operating within its jurisdiction to censor results, but such restrictions rarely apply elsewhere.

Microsoft states that the issue is “due to an accidental human error and we are actively working to resolve it.”

However, Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth said he thought the idea was an “incredible” careless mistake.

A few hours after this issue was first reported, the “Tankman” image began to reappear in Bing.

Rival Google showed a lot of famous image results when doing a search on Friday.

Microsoft Bing is one of the few foreign search engines available in China.

Chinese authorities operate firewalls that block many US technology platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

Bing and LinkedIn (another Microsoft site) are reportedly censoring content in China.

Bing was temporarily unavailable in China in 2019, Some suggested that it was the result of being blocked by the authorities.

Some are concerned about China’s ability to exert political influence abroad.

Fast & Furious last week John Cena apologizes to China for calling Taiwan a country –A proposal that Beijing rejects.

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