Picture of Tiananmen protester missing from Bing engine

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The famous “Tank Man” photo of an unknown protester blocking the path of a column of Chinese tanks in Tiananmen Square in June 1989, disappeared from the Bing search engine, Friday, without explanation, on the eve of the anniversary of the protest movement.

A spokesman for the giant Microsoft group that operates the Bing engine, hours after the US media published the news that this was “caused by human error and we are working hard to resolve it.”

In the image search engine “Google Image”, the most popular service in the world, the image of “Tank Man” taken by the American photographer Charlie Cole appears with other photos, among others.

An unidentified protester in a white shirt is shown symbolically trying to block the advance of a column of at least 17 tanks on June 5, 1989, in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

The pro-democracy protests lasted for seven weeks and hundreds, if not more than a thousand people were killed in their suppression.

But the image that became an icon and won the Best Picture for International Press in 1990 is still largely unknown in China due to censorship.

The country has an extensive internet monitoring system that allows it to filter content deemed sensitive, such as political criticism or pornography.

In the name of stability, the country is asking digital giants to have their own oversight to carry out this task at source.





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