baidulogo China search engine staff arrested over bribery allegations

Several employees of dominant Chinese search engine Baidu have been arrested over allegations of accepting bribes in return for deleting forum posts.

Several employees of dominant Chinese search engine Baidu have been arrested over allegations of accepting bribes in return for deleting forum posts.

 
Four people were sacked by the company over the alleged misconduct and three of them are now in police custody for accepting what Baidu claims is “tens of thousands of yuan,” which amounts to thousands of dollars.
 
Baidu issued a statement saying it “has always firmly cracked down on the illegal behaviour of online posts deletion for payment,” suggesting it has experienced this problem before. It also said it reported the individuals to the relevant authorities.
 
baidulogo China search engine staff arrested over bribery allegations
 
The company said it provides its employees, particularly those who are given authority to delete posts, with “professional ethics education” and it will address user complaints about posts without accepting any form of financial reward.
 
Payment for such censorship on forums suggests this is not a government sanctioned problem, but the culture of censorship in the country is likely a significant contributing factor. China is well-known for its tough regulations on online content, with widespread use of censorship to prevent citizens gaining access to information not approved by the country's communist government. It is little surprise then to find a black market taking advantage of people or companies' desires to keep information off the radar.
 
Source: BBC