China wants Microsoft Bing to turn off autocomplete

China wants Microsoft Bing to turn off autocomplete

Microsoft Bing, the only major foreign search engine currently available in China, has announced a regulator’s request to suspend the country’s search suggestion auto-complete feature for seven days. Chinese netizens first reported the suspension of this feature on Saturday, March 19.

Credit: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Credit: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The Chinese authorities contacted Microsoft with a similar request in December last year. As in the first case, the service did not specify the reason for disabling this feature. His explanation on the matter, published in the Chinese segment, was the same as the first time: “Bing is a global search platform and remains committed to upholding the rule of law and users’ right to access information.”

Over the past year, Chinese regulators significantly tightened requirements for internet businesses to operate, introducing new restrictions in areas ranging from content to customer privacy.

China, in particular, released draft anti-unfair competition laws last August that would ban, among other things, the use of data or algorithms to intercept traffic or influence user choices. The final version of these rules went into effect this month.



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