Microsoft censors Chinese-language Bing outside China




Microsoft’s Bing search engine gives very different results depending on the language chosen. Topics covered include the censorship by government in China, are also omitted in the Chinese version of Bing when used outside China.

The news was reported by the British newspaper The Guardian, based on research by censorship blog Great Fire. This research shows that Bing not only in China meets the requirements of the Chinese government as censorship is concerned. When used in China Bing is, the user gets a message that the results are filtered. If one uses the Chinese-language Bing elsewhere, that does not happen.

Even though it is a user in the U.S. for example, it still will search for terms like ‘Dalai Lama’ very different depending on whether sought in Chinese or another language. The top results of a content of a documentary by the Chinese state, are followed by pages of China’s censored version of Wikipedia, Baidu Baike in Chinese. A search on the English-language Bing produces the official site of the Dalai Lama and his Wikipedia page. Google gives the same regardless of language and location, uncensored search results.

Microsoft denies the affair. “Due to an error in our system arose incorrect notifications to remove some search results, but the results are outside of China, and were not adjusted,” says Stefan Weitz, CEO at Microsoft told Reuters.

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