The search engine Bing in the United States had no results on Friday for its “tank man” search due to “unintentional human error,” Microsoft said. It was 32 years ago on Friday that the Chinese army brutally crushed the Tiananmen protest in Beijing. The images of a protester single-handedly stopping a tank column by standing in front of it have become iconic for the Tiananmen Square protest. The lack of search results aroused global fears about possible Chinese censorship on Friday.
Users from Germany and Singapore, among others, reported Friday that they received the message ‘There are no results for tank man’ at Bing when they searched for images of the heroic protester. Hours after Microsoft acknowledged the problem, Internet users still couldn’t access images of the lone protester but saw only images of tanks.
Similar issues arose Friday with smaller search engines like DuckDuckGo, which operates under a Microsoft license. The related problems did not arise at Google on Friday.
A significant percentage of employees who work for Bing on behalf of Microsoft do so from China. They also include the employees responsible for image recognition software, according to a former employee.
China requires search engines to censor search results for users in China, but the effects are rarely noticeable outside of the People’s Republic.
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Microsoft: No search results ‘tank man’ Tiananmen at search engine Bing due to error | Tech
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