The American corporation Microsoft said that the famous photo of a protester who did not allow tanks to pass in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989, was not previously displayed in the Bing search engine because of “human error,” the American newspaper the Wall Street Journal reports, citing the company.
Photo Tank Man – one of the symbols of the Tiananmen Square protests on June 4, 1989. It shows a man who held back a column of tanks for half an hour during the unrest in Tiananmen Square.
Bing users in the United States reported on the day of the next anniversary of the events that when searching for images or videos for the query Tank Man, the search engine did not give any results.
Microsoft, which owns the Bing search engine, said it was aware of the problem.
“This is due to accidental human error, and we are actively working on a solution (to this problem),” said a Microsoft representative. The student unrest that broke out in Beijing on April 15, 1989, culminated on June 4. Then the Chinese army, with the help of tanks, suppressed the speeches of students who demanded democratic reforms. The exact number of victims is still controversial. According to official data, more than 200 people were killed and about 7 thousand were injured, while human rights activists speak of thousands of dead.