Microsoft’s search engine Bing has been inaccessible in mainland China since Wednesday afternoon, sparking heated public discussions about the fate of the last major Western search platform in China.

Reports from Chinese netizens about the inaccessibility of cn.bing.com—the company’s domestic domain—began flooding Chinese social media platforms, including WeChat and Weibo, on the same day.

The search engine was still inaccessible to TechNode as of 2 p.m. on Thursday, though intermittent availability has been reported by some Twitter users.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.