US-China Trade war has struck the world of internet as US base search engine Bing is shut down in China.
At the early hours of Wednesday, ICT giant Microsoft stated that Bing has been blocked in China. Bing is the only major foreign search engine available was taken down by China’s “great firewall” which controls what people can see from within the country.
“We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps,” the company said in a statement.
Based on the report, A search performed on Bing’s China website – cn.bing.com – from within mainland China directs the user to a page that says the server cannot be reached.
The Financial Times, citing a source reported on Wednesday that China Unicom, a major state-owned telecommunication company, had confirmed the government order to block the search engine.
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Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), a government watchdog, did not respond to faxed questions about Bing’s blocked website.
Bing was the only major foreign search engine accessible from within China’s so-called Great Firewall. Microsoft censored search results on sensitive topics, in accordance with government policy.
Microsoft also has a partnership with Chinese data center provider 21Vianet to offer its products Azure and Office 365 to clients in the country.
Alphabet’s Google search platform has been blocked in China since 2010. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in December it has “no plans” to relaunch a search engine in China though it is continuing to study the idea amid increased scrutiny of big tech firms.
President Xi Jinping has accelerated control of the internet in China since 2016, as the ruling Communist Party seeks to crack down on dissent in the social media landscape.
In a statement on Wednesday, CAC said it had deleted more than 7 million pieces of online information and 9,382 mobile apps. It also criticized technology company Tencent’s news app for spreading “vulgar information.” Independent UK.