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Romney Pushes Microsoft for Answers Over Apparent Search Censorship of Tiananmen Square Massacre

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on June 8 pressed Microsoft for more information on how and why its search engine returned no results for an iconic Tiananmen Square Massacre image on the anniversary of the communist crackdown. On June 4, searches on Microsoft-powered engines from several countries returned no results for “tank man,” an iconic photo of an ordinary Chinese citizen standing in the way of an advancing tank. “While the People’s Republic of China (PRC) infamously censors internet search terms related to the Tiananmen Square Massacre (including “Tank Man”), the possibility that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) censorship would be extended to the United States by an American company is unacceptable,” Romney wrote in a letter (pdf) to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft blamed the issue on “accidental human error” but Romney is apparently unsatisfied with that explanation. The Utah senator posed a list of questions to Nadella, including whether a …

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