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Microsoft's Bing accused of Chinese-language censorship

Published on Feb 12, 2014 5:11 PM
 
Workers install the Microsoft display before the opening of the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), on Jan 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Microsoft's search engine Bing appears to be heavily censoring its Chinese-language search results across the globe as well as inside China, a cyber-monitoring group said on Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Microsoft's search engine Bing appears to be heavily censoring its Chinese-language search results across the globe as well as inside China, a cyber-monitoring group said on Wednesday.

According to the group Greatfire.org, international Chinese-language Bing searches for topics deemed politically sensitive by Beijing return a drastically different set of results than English-language searches.

Censored search terms include the name of jailed 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, the exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, it said.

"This is the kind of story that begets a Congressional hearing," the group, which tracks the vast Chinese online censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall, said in a statement releasing its findings.

 
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