Copilot, DuckDuckGo, and ChatGPT search features down due to Microsoft Bing issue


Search capabilities for ChatGPT, Copilot, DuckDuckGo, and other platforms are currently down due to a Microsoft outage that appears to be related to the Bing application programming interface (API). At the time of publication, the sites and services are either completely unavailable or only responding intermittently.

These problems — which began around 3AM ET — appear to be related to Bing's API and any services that depend on it. While Microsoft's own web search engine Bing was also already affected, it appears. TechCrunchThe service now appears to be loading search results correctly.

Search engines like DuckDuckGo that rely on Bing's API are displaying error messages.
Image: DuckDuckGo

Other search engines such as DuckDuckGo and Ecosia, which rely on Bing's API, are unable to load any search results. Microsoft's Copilot is also experiencing similar problems, displaying a loading loop that prevents users from accessing the service. ChatGPT, which allows Plus subscribers to perform web searches, is similarly displaying an error message when users attempt to make search queries.

Microsoft has acknowledged loading problems with its Copilot service, and said it is “working to isolate the cause of the problem.” Meanwhile, Microsoft's service health platform does not currently flag any other service outages. OpenAI and Ecosia have confirmed that they are experiencing issues with the search features of their platforms, and OpenAI says it is also investigating the problem.

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