søndag 6. juni 2021

Microsoft removed 'Tank Man' images on Tiananmen Square's anniversary

Microsoft blocked images and videos around the world of "Tank Man," the unidentified protester during China's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. The photos were taken down globally from Bing, Microsoft's search engine, Friday — the 32nd anniversary of the event. A Microsoft (MSFT) spokesman said they were taken offline by mistake, attributing the removal to "human error." The images reappeared around the world — outside of China — on Saturday.

Bing, unlike its major competitors including Google (GOOGL), operates within mainland China. That means Microsoft is forced to censor search results for Chinese users, according to Chinese law — particularly images and information about the Tiananmen Square protests and the killings that ensued. China's internet censorship typically ramps up in the weeks leading to the event's anniversary. Hundreds of people were killed on June 4, 1989, in Tiananmen Square. The massacre made headlines around the world — as did iconic images such as "Tank Man" defying the troops on the square.