Trying to hide the obvious

A warning to all search engines: your dealing with suspect companies will eventually become public:

CCTV reported that Baidu, referred to as China’s Google, had accepted money from illegal medical companies and placed their Web links on top of search results. Baidu’s marketing employees were also reported to have the knowledge of these.The service is called page-rank bid and accounts for more than 80% of the company’s revenue. The company’s business model, “which inserts ads in the natural search result without notice, has long been criticized for destroying the integrity of the search engine,” adds China Daily.On previous milk scandal, Baidu was said to have censored news in exchange for payment from dairy companies, said ChinaSmack.

Text and images ©2024 Antony Loewenstein. All rights reserved.

Site by Common