An anonymous reader quotes a report from Seeking Alpha: Shares of Microsoft remained near break-even point in late trading on Thursday, amid reports that the company has begun censoring searches in Bing in the U.S. of some Chinese names considered politically sensitive. According to the Wall Street Journal, the cybersecurity research organization Citizen Lab found that the Microsoft Bing search engine was set up so as not to automatically fill in sentences with the names of some prominent Chinese dissidents and national political leaders.
The autocomplete feature is common in Bing and other search engines and makes suggestions on deadlines after a few letters have been entered in the search query field. The Citizens Lab said it first noticed the problem last fall when names such as Chinese President Xi Jinping and late human rights activist Liu Xiaobo were unable to automatically fill in either English or Chinese in search of Bing. The magazine reports that Microsoft has fixed a problem it attributed to a “technical error”.