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Anthem closes in on top beat

Anthem closes in on top beat

A government website was the top result on Google yesterday for "Hong Kong national anthem" in both Chinese and English language searches, a day after it only did so for searches in the latter.
But it only appears underneath a "Videos" panel that still shows three music videos of Glory to Hong Kong - a song linked to the 2019 anti-extradition protests that was mistakenly played in place of the national anthem at, among other events, an ice international hockey tournament in February.

Firefox's "private browsing" mode and Google Chrome's "incognito mode" were used to ensure search results were not personalized.

At 8 pm Tuesday, a Google search for "Hong Kong national anthem" in Chinese appeared to show Wikipedia pages for "Glory to Hong Kong" and "Hong Kong national anthem" as the top two results.

The latter contains descriptions of national anthem March of the Volunteers," including other unofficial anthems such as the protest song and Boundless Oceans, Vast Skies by local rock band Beyond.

But another search for the same phrase in Chinese at 3 pm showed the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau's official updated webpage for the national anthem as the top search result.

The search result, with the site name "National Anthem - CMAB" in Chinese, comes up with a preview that reads: "Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. The national anthem of the People's Republic of China is the March of the Volunteers."

However, the videos panel displaying Glory to Hong Kong are still placed above the CMAB website, for the Chinese search result.

An English search shows the bureau's website at the top, followed by a YouTube video of Glory to Hong Kong, and then another protest song.

Search results were consistent across web and mobile browsers.

It comes two days after the bureau updated its website to include audio and video files of the national anthem in .mp3, .mp4 and .mov file formats.

The updates to the website and Google's search results come more than a month after the Hong Kong Ice Hockey Association voiced concerns that the previous iteration of the CMAB website did not contain downloadable links.
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