Microsoft’s Bing search engine was yielding some interesting results for anyone looking for the famous tank man photo during the anniversary of the event.
From The Daily Caller:
A Bing Images search of “tank man” yielded no results and a prompt for the user to check their spelling as of Friday afternoon. However, an identical search on Google Images produced hundreds of results including many of the iconic moment.
The famous “tank man” photo was taken on June 5, 1989, one day after the 1989 massacre in which Chinese troops fired indiscriminately upon civilians demonstrating against the government, killing hundreds. The photo showed a Chinese protester, who has since become known as “tank man,” standing in front of a procession of Chinese tanks rolling through Tiananmen Square.
“I’d love to hear [Microsoft President Brad Smith’s] explanation on this,” Shane Huntley, the director of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, tweeted on Friday. “I know Microsoft censor for the [Chinese Communist Party] in China, but this search is from the US.”
Other users noted that the “tank man” image search yielded no results in the U.K. as well.
Bing is the 3rd largest search engine in China, the two search engines that are bigger are both Chinese owned, Sogou and Baidu. This should show you exactly why Microsoft might be willing to hide information related to atrocities committed by the Chinese government.