(ANSA) – Beijing, December 17 – Microsoft Corporation’s Bing, the only major foreign search engine available in China, announces that it has received a request from a “competent government agency” to suspend its self-prescribed operation for 30 days. “Bing is a global search platform committed to upholding the rule of law and the right of users to access information,” Bing reported on its Chinese website without specifying the reasons for the suspension. Internet companies in China were hit last year by a new set of restrictions in areas ranging from content to consumer privacy. The Chinese government said it needed platforms to more actively promote the basic values of socialism. In October, Microsoft said it would shut down its LinkedIn professional social networking platform in China, citing a “highly challenging working environment and increased compliance requirements” in the country. (On the handle).
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