Microsoft’s Bing is down in China, according to users who took to social media beginning Wednesday afternoon to complain and express concerns.
The Seattle-based behemoth has confirmed that its search engine is currently inaccessible in China and is “engaged to determine next steps,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch Thursday morning.
The situation appears to be a DNS (domain name system) corruption, one method for China to block websites through its intricate censor system called the Great Firewall. When a user enters a domain name associated with a banned IP address, the Firewall will corrupt the connection to stop the page from loading.
Several users told TechCrunch they are still able to access Bing by directly visiting its IP address as of Thursday morning.