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Microsoft denies Chinese-language Bing search censorship

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Posted February 13, 2014
Microsoft denied censoring Chinese-language search results across the globe, but the group behind the accusation stood firm
Microsoft denied censoring Chinese-language search results across the globe, but the group behind the accusation stood firm
Microsoft denied censoring Chinese-language search results across the globe, but the group behind the accusation stood firm.

“We can emphatically confirm that they are not,” Microsoft’s senior director of Bing search engine Stefan Weitz said in a blog post addressing talk of political censorship.

“Bing search results outside of China are not subject to and are not modified in any way based on Chinese law.”

The US-based technology titan blamed the impression of censorship on a Chinese “removal notification” accidentally shown to people using a Bing People’s Republic of China version outside of that country.

The message was displayed for Bing results suppressed for non-political reasons, such as barred images of abuse or spam, and had nothing to do with Chinese censors, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft claim ‘simply not true’

Cyber-censorship monitoring group Greatfire.org rejected the denial in an online post titled “No error here: Microsoft deploying Chinese censorship on a global scale”.

Read more at: Phys.org

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