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Three employees from Baidu, China's largest search engine, have been arrested for being paid to delete online posts on its website, the company confirmed Sunday.
The three were suspected of colluding with external partners to delete online messages. Another employee was also fired for attempting to delete posts for cash, but not arrested.
"Baidu has fired the four. If we discover such cases, we will severely punish staff. Baidu will close the loopholes by strengthening management to maintain order in our communication platform," Li Guoxun, a Baidu public relations officer told the Global Times Sunday.
more than a million results in Baidu's search engine under the keywords "professional post-deleting."
"Those illegal acts in deleting information at will might hinder public communication online and then affect consumers' decisions to some extent, so legislation on this issue is urgently needed," Wang said.