Microsoft: Bing's Chinese Search Results Not Censored Beyond China
The software giant responds to allegations that its Bing search engine delivers censored Chinese language results to users outside of China.Amid mounting controversy, Microsoft is denying allegations that its Bing search engine is filtering Chinese language results for users based in the United States. "There has been discussion over the past day or so that Bing results for Chinese language queries done outside of China are somehow intentionally edited or incomplete for political censoring purposes," said Stefan Weitz, senior director of Bing, in a company blog post. "We can emphatically confirm that they are not." The post, titled "Setting the Record Straight," goes on to explain that the only times Bing takes steps to modify results "is to comply with local law or for quality or safety reasons such as child abuse or malware." Bing has come under fire for displaying results to users outside of China's borders that seem to conform to that country's restrictions on search engines. "Microsoft's search engine Bing appears to be censoring information for Chinese language users in the US in the same way it filters results in mainland China," reported The Guardian on Feb. 11.
"Searches first conducted by anti-censorship campaigners at FreeWeibo, a tool that allows uncensored search of Chinese blogs, found that Bing returns radically different results in the US for English and simplified Chinese language searches on a series of controversial terms," said the report. Those terms include the Dalai Lama of Tibet and disgraced Chinese government official Bo Xilai.