On June 4, 1989, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) decided to crack down on the nearly one million students who gathered in Tiananmen Square over the previous month demanding democracy in the Communist regime.
The CCP’s brutality resulted in soldiers firing indiscriminately into the crowd. It is difficult to know how many people were killed, reports suggest at least 300, but it may have been thousands. At least 10,000 students were arrested.
One of the defining moments of the protest was tank man, a lone Chinese student who blocked a column of tanks entering the square.
June 4, 2021 marked the anniversary of the massacre and people using Microsoft’s internet browser, Bing, were unable to find photos of tank man. Meanwhile, other internet browsers turned up hundreds of pictures using the very same search terms.
According to Microsoft, it was a result of human error.
But there may be more to the story. In order for its Internet browser to be used in the Communist regime, Bing has bent the knee. It allows the CCP to censor searches in China that including Tank man, Tiananmen Square massacre and any other pro-democracy and anti-communist searches.
Meanwhile, other internet browsers, such as Google, are not allowed in the country, because they refuse to comply with the censorship.