The Microsoft-owned search engine Bing is not displaying any image results for “tank man,” the most iconic image of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, even when the term is searched from within the United States. Microsoft claims the phenomenon is due to an “accidental human error,” and that the company is “working to resolve this.”
“There are no results for tank man,” reads a message from Bing website reads after searching for the term.
“Check your spelling or try different keywords,” the website further advises.
“Tank Man” refers to the iconic image of an unknown, lone protester carrying a pair of plastic shopping bags, standing in front of a row of Chinese tanks during the communist regime’s violent crackdown on protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
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