The Cyberspace Administration of China slammed the internet search giant for not carrying out strict content reviews on some of its news-feed channels. In its lack of oversight, Baidu has “exerted bad influence to the society,” the internet regulator wrote on its WeChat account Wednesday. (Reuters)
Talking point: Baidu has long dominated the search business in China, but it’s facing a surge in competition for ad dollars and users’ attention from apps like Tencent’s WeChat and ByteDance’s TikTok. The firm evaded a rivalry with Google, which terminated plans to launch a search engine for the Chinese market that would have had to comply with Beijing’s censorship requirements. Baidu said it will suspend some app channels after warnings from the regulator, though it did not specify which ones.