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After Facebook and Twitter, Microsoft's Bing also 'walled off' in China

While its rival Google shut down its search engine in China in 2010, Bing has continued to operate in the country along with Microsoft-owned Skype

Agencies  |  Beijing 

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Corp's has been blocked in following a government order, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Unicom, one of China's major state-owned telecommunication companies, confirmed the government had ordered a block on Bing, the FT said.

Attempting to open results in an error message, though users can still access Bing's site using a (VPN), which allows people to circumvent China's "Great Firewall" of censorship.

Facebook, and a host of Western are blocked in

While its rival shut down its in China in 2010, had continued to operate in the country along with Microsoft-owned

On Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media site, people complained about the lack of access, with some speculating that Bing too had been "walled off".

Others aired their dissatisfaction about having to use Baidu, China's largest domestic

"I can't open Bing, but I don't want to use -- what to do?" wrote one user.

"Bing is actually dead -- is this to force me to use ?" said another, cursing.

First Published: Thu, January 24 2019. 07:09 IST