The famous ‘Tank Man’ image has disappeared from the Bing search engine
Searches for the popular Tiananmen Square protest photo “Tank Man” came empty on Microsoft’s Bing search engine on Friday, raising censorship concerns on the anniversary of the deadly crackdown.
The award -winning photo since 1989 has not been delivered to image or video searches using Bing even outside of China, a country known for strictly controlling what is available online.
“This is due to an unintentional human mistake and we are actively working to resolve it,” a Microsoft spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry driven by US press reports.
Meanwhile, searches for Tank Man using Google, which has nearly 92 percent of the global market for online queries according to Statcounter, saw a variety of photos with an iconic photographer Charlie Cole and others.
Google search is not offered in China, where sensors have erased Tank Man from the internet. Baidu is the dominant search engine in China.
The Tank Man photo shows a lone protester in a white shirt blocking the path of a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989.
Friday marked the anniversary of Chinese troops who crushed peaceful democracy protests in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.
Hundreds were killed in the hustle, by some estimated more than 1,000.
In mainland China, the anniversary of Tiananmen is usually marked by the rise of online censorship and the square in Beijing being placed under tight security.
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