Tiananmen crackdown: When Bing couldn’t fetch results for Tankman image

Tiananmen crackdown: When Bing couldn't fetch results for Tankman image
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We all remember Tankman, that unidentified figure standing before tanks in Tiananmen Square, 1989. The picture has become a symbol of resistance since then, showing the atrocities during the Tiananmen crackdown.

‘Tank Man’ is an iconic image that describes an unidentified man standing before tanks in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. It shows the power of resistance and non-violence.

But when users in the UK, US and Singapore tried to find the image on the 32nd anniversary of the protests, it was not there anymore.

Microsoft blamed an ‘accidental human error’ for its Bing search engine not showing image results for the search ‘Tank Man’.

China’s censorship and Tiananmen crackdown

On the other hand, China is notorious for censoring any talks on the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

And this year commemorations marking the Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong remained low key. A notorious Beijing also censors content on search engines operating in its jurisdiction.

But Microsoft said that the issue was due to an accidental human error and it is actively working to resolve this.

Moreover, Microsoft Bing is one of the few foreign search engines available in China. And the authorities there operate a firewall that blocks many US tech platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

LinkedIn, another Microsoft site has also reportedly censored their content in China. The heavy censorship rules in China are often frowned upon by world countries. The Tiananmen crackdown is just one example of China stifling dissent. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Earlier in 2019, Bing was briefly inaccessible in China. It considers blocking any content that may threaten to uncover the country’s suspicious activities.

After the coronavirus pandemic, China has been the centre of discussion worldwide. Especially, it’s Wuhan lab, from where experts believe the virus must have leaked or was being engineered.

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