(ANSA) – BEIJING, Dec. 17 – Microsoft Bing, the only major foreign search engine available in China, said it had received a request from a “competent government agency” to suspend the auto-suggestion function for 30 days. On its Chinese website, Bing stated, without specifying the reasons for the suspension: “Bing is a global search platform and remains committed to respecting the rule of law and users’ right to access information.” In the past year, Internet companies in China have been hit by a regulation that has imposed new restrictions on areas from content to customer privacy. The Chinese government has also said it wants platforms to more effectively promote the core values of socialism. In October, Microsoft said it was shutting down its professional social networking platform LinkedIn in China, citing a “significantly more challenging operating environment and increased compliance requirements” in the country. (Dealing).
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