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China demands Microsoft’s Bing suspend auto-suggest feature

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Microsoft Bing logo is shown against a background of a Chinese flag in this photo illustration
FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Microsoft Bing logo is displayed against a backdrop of a Chinese flag in this photo taken on January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/

March 21, 2022

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s Bing, the only major foreign search engine available in China, said a “relevant government agency” has asked it to suspend its auto-suggest feature in China for seven days.

The suspension is the second of its kind for Bing since December and comes amid an ongoing crackdown on Beijing technology platforms and algorithms.

Chinese netizens first noticed the suspension on Saturday.

“Bing is a global search platform and remains committed to respecting the rule of law and users’ right to access information,” Bing said on its China search page.

Bing did not give a reason for the blocking. Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Internet companies in China have been hit by a government crackdown over the past year that has imposed new restrictions on everything from content to consumer privacy.

In August, Beijing’s top cyber regulator released draft laws dictating how internet platforms can and cannot use algorithms.[nL1N2PY05B[[nL1N2PY05B[[nL1N2PY05B[[nL1N2PY05B[

A final version of the rules went into effect this month.

(Reporting by Josh Horwitz)

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