By late Thursday Bing access was restored, Microsoft said in a statement.

“Periodically there are issues that arise, and sometimes those issues do lead to our service or some other services being blocked,” Microsoft president Brad Smith said in

an interview with Fox Business Network

this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “And it is an area where we understand we don’t have the same legal freedom that we do in other countries, but at the same time, we stick to our guns. There are certain principles that we think it’s important to stand up for.”

Update, Jan. 25: This story was updated to note that Bing is again accessible in China, and to add remarks by Microsoft president Brad Smith.

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