Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on June 2, 2009
More censorship news from China. With the 20-year anniversary of the suppression of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement two days from now, Beijing’s censors have gone after Twitter, Flickr, Bing and others. Blogger Ryan McGlaughlin on Lost Laowai says there’s no coincidence about the timing. “Undoubtedly the blocks are in an effort to curb online commentary and the dissemination of information about the Tiananmen Square massacre, which on June 4 celebrates its 20th anniversary,” he writes.
According to Thord Daniel Hedengren, writing at the Blog Herald, Microsoft’s new Bing is among those censored – news that, strangely enough, has probably cheered the folks in Redmond, who only launched Microsoft’s latest search engine a few days ago. Just imagine how bad it would have been for Bing, trying to establish itself as a viable alternative to Google, to have been ignored by the world’s biggest Internet censor? Instead, in Beijing’s pre-June 4 crackdown, Bing gets blocked just like the other, more established names. That seal of disapproval should help get Bing some much-needed credibility back home.