China orders Bing to drop auto-suggest feature

A “relevant government agency” has required Microsoft’s Bing to suspend its auto-suggest function in China for seven days, the company has said.

Bing is the only major foreign search engine available in China.

The suspension marks the second of its kind for Bing since December.

Chinese internet users first spotted the suspension on Saturday.

Bing, on its Chinese search site, reiterated, its commitment to “respecting the rule of law and users’ right to access information.”

Internet companies in China have been hit over the past year by a regulatory crackdown that has imposed fresh curbs on areas from content to customer privacy.

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