Microsoft's Bing suspends its auto-suggest feature in China

A "relevant government agency" has ordered Microsoft's Bing, the only major foreign search engine available in China, to suspend its auto suggest function for 30 days.

On Friday, Bing said on its Chinese search site, "Bing is a global search platform and remains committed to respecting the rule of law and users' right to access information." The suspension was not accompanied by any explanations.

Over the last year, Chinese internet companies have been hit by a regulatory crackdown that has imposed new restrictions on everything from content to customer privacy. The Chinese government has also stated that it wants platforms to promote core socialist values more actively.

Microsoft announced in October that it would shut down its professional social networking platform LinkedIn in China, citing the country's "significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements."