Microsoft’s Bing blocked in China, prompting grumbling

Chinese internet users lost access to Microsoft’s Bing search engine for two days, setting off grumbling about the ruling Communist Party’s increasingly tight online censorship.

Microsoft Corp. said Friday that access had been restored. A brief statement gave no reason for the disruption or other details.

Comments on social media had accused regulators of choking off access to information. Others complained they were forced to use Chinese search engines they say deliver poor results.

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Microsoft's Bing search engine restored in China
Microsoft has confirmed that access to its Bing search engine in China has been restored after an outage.

The firm did not offer any explanation for why the search engine had been inaccessible.

The outage caused concern that the service might have been blocked by the Chinese authorities.

Microsoft’s Bing Back Online in China After Apparent Blockage
Microsoft said its Bing search page was back online in China after being inaccessible for part of this week. It appeared to have been blocked by government censors.

Users in parts of China were unable to access Bing on Wednesday and Thursday, and it remained unclear what led to the shutdown.

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