Comment on Bing in China: Opportunism without Dividend – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


NAccording to Google, China censors have now blocked the access of 800 million Internet users to Microsoft's search engine Bing.

Without the help of an expensive, impractical and unreliable data tunnel (Virtual Private Network), Chinese people will not have access to the service from now on, but also to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and thousands of other sites that the regime does not like because of their content or because of their potential, from Beijing to distribute unfiltered information.

So far, so normal in a China that continues to limit the liberties of its citizens. The case Bing is interesting for another reason. For example, Microsoft has for years, in favor of the regime, censored search results for Chinese users in anticipatory obedience. The fact that the site is still being blocked by Beijing shows that opportunism ultimately does not pay off in China.

However, Google CEO Sundar Pichai should not be deterred to return to China with a censored search engine. Although the group has temporarily stopped such plans after protests. But the appeal of the market with 800 million internet users is great.