Microsoft’s search engine Bing is once again accessible in China following an outage earlier this week that sparked concern it had become the latest victim of government censorship.

According to anonymous sources cited by Bloomberg, Bing was blocked due to an accidental technical error, rather than an act of censorship.

Users in China began reporting that service had been restored late on Thursday evening and its Chinese domain—cn.bing.com—was operational. A Microsoft representative confirmed to TechNode that the search engine was accessible on Friday morning.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.