Bing Appears to be Blocked in China

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  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

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    NPR reports that Microsoft's search engine, Bing, appears to be blocked in China. Until Wednesday, Bing was one of the few foreign search engines that still worked inside the country, but NPR's Rob Schmitz confirmed that the site is no longer accessible, while noting that "China's internet regulator has yet to comment on the issue." The report notes that Facebook, Google, and Twitter are already blocked in China, and that the Chinese government even hacks into some Twitter accounts that try to circumvent the ban.

    Bing had been allowed to operate in the country because it censored search results, Schmitz reports. Microsoft is also part of the Internet Society of China, "a government-linked body whose members refrain from establishing links to websites that contain information deemed harmful by China's Communist Party," Schmitz says. The Financial Times cites "two sources familiar with the government's order," who confirmed that China had blocked the search engine.
     
  2. mbelue

    mbelue Limp Gawd

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    So..... China gets Windows 10 without the telemetry and now its citizens aren't subjected to Bing's incompetent search.

    Communism is sounding better everyday.
    :woot:
     
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  3. YeuEmMaiMai

    YeuEmMaiMai [H]ardForum Junkie

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    lol looks like MS did not deep throat China long enough....
     
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  4. The Mad Atheist

    The Mad Atheist Gawd

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    Can't have your citizens finding out about freedom and rights, can we China!?
     
  5. Sparky

    Sparky 2[H]4U

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    wish they would block it here
     
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    exiled350 Gawd

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    Wouldn't someone have to use it to find out it's blocked... Sounds suspect to me.
     
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    clockdogg Gawd

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    "Internet Society of China" - Maybe MS will get a free year of social credit score monitoring in lieu of search revenue.
     
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  8. Staples

    Staples [H]ardness Supreme

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    They found out that it is a fairly decent search engine.
    At least someone is paying attention.
    I feel like I am one of the few who has used it for years since I see little difference between it and Google 99% of the time.
     
  9. Twisted Kidney

    Twisted Kidney 2[H]4U

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    Put your foot down harder on the necks of the people and you spark fires and fan the flames.
     
  10. purple_monster

    purple_monster Limp Gawd

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    naw these are the freedoms people dont care about until its too late. the chinese get enough illegal gambling and porn to stay placated forever.
     
  11. ZodaEX

    ZodaEX 2[H]4U

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    It's not all about Bing's effectiveness. Some people would rather use a search engine that doesn't track you. Your needs are not the same as everyone else's either.
     
  12. auntjemima

    auntjemima [H]ardness Supreme

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    What do you use to search?
     
  13. ZodaEX

    ZodaEX 2[H]4U

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    Duckduckgo
     
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    auntjemima [H]ardness Supreme

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    Ok, now we're friends.
     
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  15. timberwolf

    timberwolf Limp Gawd

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    Beat me to it :)
     
  16. Jagger100

    Jagger100 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Communism work if you can trade slave labor for food. Cool. Sign me up. :cautious: