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Microsoft says it's search engine Bing has been blocked in China. The company said in a statement on Wednesday that, the service was inaccessible in China and that they we're trying to determine what quote next steps might look like. The blockage makes Bing the the latest foreign tech service to disappear behind the country's so called great firewall, with users trying to access Bing's Chinese website Bing redirected to a page saying the server cannot be reached.
Before Wednesday, Bing was the only major foreign search engine accessible within China. And Microsoft had censored sensitive search results from the servers to comply with policy from Beijing. But the Financial Times citing a source reported that government had ordered the Bing blockage that adds to a long list.
Google search engine has been officially blocked inside China since 2010. And Facebook, among other major foreign known web services has been kicked out too. Chinese President, Xi Jinping has sped up control of the Internet inside China since around 2016. As the ruling communist party works to crack down on online criticism of the government.