“Tankman” image search didn’t show results in Bing due to human error, Microsoft says

Microsoft said on Friday that search engine Bing didn’t produce results when a user entered the query “Tankman” on part of Friday in the United States and elsewhere due to “accidental human error.” Stated

Users in the United States and other countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, and Singapore, reported that Bing returned the message “No Tankman results” when trying to search for this term.

Meanwhile, rival search engine Google returned a lot of results for this image when the query “Tankman” was entered on Friday.

Some social media users may have censored the term as Bing, one of the few foreign search engines available in China, celebrates its 32nd anniversary of the June 4, 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square. He expressed concern that he was sexual.

“This is due to an accidental human error and we are actively working to resolve it,” Microsoft said in a statement to the press. Microsoft-licensed DuckDuckGo Smaller search engines, such as, are facing similar issues with “Tankman” searches and say they will be fixed soon.

Hours after this issue was reported, Bing returned an iconic “tankman” image to the search query as of early Saturday morning EST.

Kenneth Roth, director of Human Rights Watch, said: Said on twitter Microsoft’s statement was unbelievable.

“It’s ridiculous: on the anniversary of the murderous crackdown on Tiananmen Square, when you search for the iconic photo” Tank Man, “Microsoft’s Bing search engine suddenly returns nothing. I just tried it, “he wrote. “It’s hard to believe this is an inadvertent error.”

The “tank man” is in front of a line of tanks near Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989, the day after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ordered the army to board a tank and fire. Refers to the symbolic unidentified man who stood. The general public following several weeks of protests around Tiananmen Square.

The Chinese Communist Party has not revealed the full picture of the violence. A few days after June 4, 1989, the Chinese Communist Party announced about 300 deaths, most of them soldiers. However, rights groups and witnesses say thousands have died. At least 10,000 people have been killed, according to anonymous sources within the CCP, according to declassified British diplomatic cables and declassified documents from the White House.

According to a former employee, a significant percentage of Microsoft employees working on Bing are based in China, and some are working on image recognition software.

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

Reuters contributed to this report.

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