Microsoft bing: photo of the “tank man” disappears from the search engine

Microsoft Bing: Photo of the 'Tank Man' disappears from the search engine

A man stands with two shopping graves on a wide boulevard and hold a group of fighting tank; the "tank man". The photo from beijing went around the world and is representative of the ultimately chanceless fight of the protest movement in 1989 against the authority of china. But just on the 32. Anniversaries of the so-called tian’anmen massacre, the image in microsoft’s searchmaker was temporarily not found, also in the us and europe. Microsoft speaks of a mistake.

First, it was probably the google security researcher shane huntley. He published a screenshot on twitter that bing for the search term "tank man" in the picture search no results find. Users from other countries such as great britain or switzerland confirmed the behavior. Also related search terms like "tiananmen square" for example, compared to google image search, especially harmonious postcard views, while the place deer also shows photos of the violent events from 1989 among the first hits.

Microsoft: it was a mistake

The censorship reprinted microsoft. The software group spoke against several media and agencies from one "accidental human error" and that microsoft work on a solution. First, be for the search crop "tank man" other pictures of tanks appeared. Meanwhile, the search again shows the famous pictures of the protests. But if you compare the hits of bing for "tiananmen place" with those "tiananmen square", there are still striking differences, as well as the german search term between bing and google.

Reuters opposite a former microsoft employee stated that a significant share of bing developers from china work. In china itself, how virtually every message is censored to the events of june 1989. In hong kong, the central government is now trying to prevent commemorative events to the bloody crackdown.

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