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Baidu Found to Have Provided Biased Search Results for Own Platforms

     
2:24 am on Jan 28, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Chinese Search Engine Baidu Found to Have Provided Biased Search Results for Own Platforms [theepochtimes.com]

“Baidu.com is no longer a place where you search for Chinese online content. Rather, it is a search engine for Baidu’s own content,” Fang stated, adding that the search engine “does not guide you to Chinese content that can nourish your minds, but has become an aggregator of deteriorating content.”

Fang lamented that Baidu was using its search engine as a “marketing platform” for itself, turning “user searches into traffic for itself.”

Fang’s article has since been widely shared by Chinese media outlets and on social media, generating concerns over its self-promotion practices. On the same day that Fang published his article, shares of the Nasdaq-listed Baidu tumbled 6.4 percent, or by about $4 billion by value.
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:: insert obvious heavy-handed satirical comment ad lib ::
10:48 pm on Jan 28, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Any surprise here? (seriously, any surprise?)
1:16 am on Jan 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Not really a shocker to me, but apparently it was news to many, as that their public listing took a $4b dive afterwards.
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