Microsoft claims human error led to no results for Tiananmen Square ‘tank man’

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Following widespread internet outage over Bing turning up with no results when searching “tank man,” the infamous image from the Tiananmen Square protests, Microsoft blamed human error for the mistake.

Bing users in the United Kingdom, Germany and Singapore said on Friday that when searching for “tank man,” they were met with the message saying, “There are no results for tank man.”

Officials at Microsoft said that the issue was “due to an accidental human error and we are actively working to resolve this.”

Similar issues took place with the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo because they license their search results from Microsoft servers.

Meanwhile Google, the tech giant that has no relations with China, experienced none of these issues.

Much of Microsoft’s Bing operations are based in China according to Reuters.

In the past, China has restricted search results in search engines, something that many other nations have not done.

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