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Microsoft blames 'system error' but denies censoring Chinese search results [China]

Author: Dominic Rushe, Guardian (UK), Published on: 12 February 2014

Microsoft has blamed an “error in our system” for producing results on its Bing search engine that appear to censor information for Chinese language users in the same way it filters results in mainland China…FreeWeibo, a tool that allows uncensored search of Chinese blogs, revealed that Bing returns radically different results in the US for English and simplified Chinese language searches on a series of controversial terms, including “Dalai Lama”, “June 4 incident”… and “Bo Xilai”…After initially declining to comment, Microsoft’s Stefan Weitz, a senior director at Bing, issued a statement denying censorship. Weitz said…“First, Bing does not apply China’s legal requirements to searches conducted outside of China. Due to an error in our system, we triggered an incorrect results removal notification for some searches noted in the report but the results themselves are and were unaltered outside of China,” he wrote…Charlie Smith at FreeWeibo said Weitz’s explanation was “simply not true that the results ‘are and were unaltered outside of China’.”…

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