Foreign technology services have been falling like dominos as China seeks to exert tight control over what can and can’t be found online by silencing platforms which don’t conform to the world view of the state.
Microsoft is no stranger to the heavy hand of the government having already seen its Skype internet phone system removed from Apple and Android app stores in the territory back in November 2017.
The latest blow sees mainland Chinese Bing users presented with a server error message when they attempt to use the US firms search service, reportedly following an official government order.
In a statement Microsoft wrote: “We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps.”
Bing had been the last foreign search engine left standing in China after Microsoft acquiesced to demands that it censor its own results on sensitive political issues.
Chief rival Google has been out of favour in China since 2010 although the company is thought to be keen to engineer a return when the time is right.