Microsoft Says China Has Put Bing Behind Its Great Firewall

Microsoft says its Bing search engine has been blocked in China. “We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps,” the company said in a statement. Bing—which was the only major foreign search engine accessible from mainland China—is the latest foreign tech platform to be locked out by China’s Great Firewall. Microsoft’s Skype service has been blocked since November 2017, and Google’s search engine has been blocked since 2010. On Wednesday, China announced it had deleted more than 7 million pieces of online information and 9,382 mobile apps for spreading “vulgar information.” Reuters reports that a search on Bing’s China website from mainland China brings up a result saying the server cannot be reached.