China blocks Bing’s auto-suggest feature

For a week, Chinese Bing users cannot use the Microsoft Corp. search engine’s auto-suggest feature, Reuters reported on Monday (March 21).

This is the second time since December that the People’s Republic of China has sanctioned Bing since December. It comes amid a crackdown in Beijing on tech platforms and algorithms. Netizens in China first spotted the interruption on Saturday (March 19).

“Bing is a global search platform and remains committed to respecting the rule of law and users’ right to access information,” Bing wrote on its China search site.

Bing gave no reason for the suspension and Microsoft did not respond to requests for comment.

Online companies doing business in China have faced a torrent of regulatory crackdowns, from privacy to content.

In January, PYMNTS announced that China would require the country’s biggest internet companies to obtain approval for any investment deals they enter into under new rules that could prevent Big Tech companies from becoming even more large through acquisitions.

See also: China unveils tougher big tech investment rules

The China Cyberspace Administration, the company’s top internet regulator, recently issued a new policy requiring internet companies to obtain formal approval for investment deals if they have 100 million or more users or if they recorded revenues of at least 10 billion yuan ($1.57 billion). income over the past year. Some companies were notified of the changes last month.

The new rules will impact China’s biggest tech companies, including Tencent Holdings Ltd., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and ByteDance Ltd., all of which have over 1 billion users.

Last summer, China announced that it would adopt strict data privacy laws.

Read more: China Passes Far-Reaching Regulations to Protect User Privacy

The law, which took effect in November, stated that any processing of individuals’ personal information would be limited to the “minimum scope necessary to achieve the purposes of the processing” of the data.

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