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The popular American search engine Bing became inaccessible in China Wednesday, causing a slew of reports that Bing has been blocked and was dead in China. Despite the lack of any official confirmation, mainstream media and social media around the globe quickly jumped on the story clamouring that the search engine had been blocked.

 

Yes, the Financial Times did report today that an unnamed source at China Unicom had confirmed that they received an order to block Bing on their end; and yes, Microsoft, in a statement confirmed the outage; but they stopped short of confirming they were blocked. Their statement read, “We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps.” 


Tech-savvy individuals were reporting still having accessed bing on Thursday via their ip address directly, leading many to speculate about causes for DNS issues. We tried accessing the site earlier today via their IP address and received the following message:



 

We checked again around 9pm and Bing was once again accessible in China. According to Bloomberg, citing two anonymous sources, "Microsoft's search engine was blocked due to 'an accidental technical error' - rather than a deliberate attempt to restrict Bing, which already complies with local censorship rules." Who could possibly have imagined that the outage could have just been due to an Internet problem? It's not like this kind of stuff ever happens here in China.

 

On the bright side of all this hoopla, Bing has gained a ton of popularity today.
 

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