First I will copy the definition of tensor product that I am using (I am using Grillet's Abstract Algebra):
Definition: Let $A$ be a right $R$-module and let $B$ be a left $R$-module. A tensor product of $A$ and $B$ is an abelian group $A \otimes_R B$ together with a bihomomorphism $\tau:A \times B \longrightarrow A \otimes_R B$, $(a,b) \longrightarrow a \otimes b$, the tensor map, such that, for every abelian group $C$ and bihomomorphism $\beta:A\times B \longrightarrow C$ there exists a unique homomorphism $\beta ': A \otimes_R B$ of abelian groups such that $\beta = \beta' \circ \tau$
The question I have is: If we take $C = A \times B$ and $\beta = Id$, the identity map, then $A \times_R B$ couldn't be zero because in that case, $Id = \beta = \beta' \circ \tau = 0$ but I know that indeed the tensorial product is zero in some cases.
What am I doing wrong?