Amid the major crackdown on technology platforms in China, over the last few months. The Chinese government has ordered Microsoft this time to disable their Bing auto-suggestion feature for the next 7 days.
Bing is the only non-Chinese search engine that is allowed in Mainland China. Microsoft operates a censored version of Bing to comply with Chinese Laws.
Last year, Microsoft shutted down LinkedIn for Chinese users, citing non-compliance with chinese data protection laws.
The suspension order for Microsoft Bing is second of its kind. In December 2021 too, the Chinese government ordered Microsoft to suspend the Auto-suggest and Auto-fill feature for a few days.
“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 Chinese search site. Microsoft abstained from any further comments regarding this matter.
Tencent and alibaba has already been hitted by the crackdown previously.
Beijing’s top cyber law authority drafted law in August last year for technolgy platforms, directing the usage of algorithms in software products.
The rule is said to come into effect this month.