Microsoft says error caused 'Tank Man' Bing censorship

Microsoft says error caused 'Tank Man' Bing censorship

Newsdesk |
June 5, 2021

Microsoft blamed an "accidental human error" for its Bing search engine not showing image results for the query "Tank Man".

New Delhi, 5 June 2021

As per news report of BBC, the phrase relates to the iconic image of a lone protester standing before tanks in China's Tiananmen Square during demonstrations in 1989. On Friday users who searched for the term reported receiving the message: "There are no results for tank man". It prompted accusations of possible censorship on the protest anniversary. "Tank Man" is often used to describe a man, who had never been identified, pictured standing before tanks in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. It became the defining image of the crackdown in which hundreds, possibly thousands, were killed. But when users in countries including the UK, US and Singapore tried to find the image on Friday, the 32nd anniversary of the protests, it appeared to have vanished.



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