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According to a claim, Microsoft Bing is concealing image results for ‘tank guy’ due to human mistake

On the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Microsoft's search engine Bing isn't showing image results for the famed "tank man" photo of a Chinese protestor.


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Microsoft’s search engine Bing is not displaying image results for the infamous “tank man” photo of a Chinese protestor on Friday during the anniversary for the Tiananmen Square massacre. Microsoft has attributed the ongoing issue to “accidental human error” amid claims of possible censorship, according to a report from Reuters.

Microsoft is “actively working to resolve this,” a spokesperson told the publication.

As of 3:30 p.m. PT, Bing continues not showing any Tiananmen Square-related image search results for “tank man” — just generic photos and images of tanks. By comparison, Google is returning results of the famous image.

Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Microsoft Bing’s image search results for “tank man.”


Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/CNET

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Google image search results for “tank man.”


Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/CNET

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