All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis

Baidu employees arrested for taking bribes for post deletion

06 Aug 2012
Baidu logo

Three employees of Chinese search engine Baidu have been arrested for taking bribes to delete postings.

According to the BBC, the bribery ring netted a profit of thousands of pounds. It is still not known what type of content was deleted from search postings. Baidu has a history of censorship scandals.

The company reportedly sacked four employees following an investigation. Three of the unnamed employees were arrested. The fourth fired employee faced no criminal charges but was accused of being a co-conspirer by Baidu.

Baidu is currently China's most used web search service. According to iResearch statistics the company held a 74 per cent online search market share in 2011.

The Baidu scandal points to the larger concern of online censorship in China.

The company was sued for governmental censorship last year. A group of Chinese residents in New York sued the search company for conspiring to censor pro-democratic content.

While corporate bribery is a major crime in China, the incident could still be a cause for concern in the country's business scene.

Former China Mobile vice chairman Zhang Chunjiang was arrested for taking over $1 million in bribes as of 2011. Chunjiang was accused of giving out favourable contracts in return for bribe money.

The former corporate vice president was sentenced to death for accepting the bribes.

Baidu has yet to respond to a request for comment.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

More on Government
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus

Windows 7 end of mainstream support

What are your plans for when Microsoft ends mainstream support for Windows 7 in January 2015?

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
LG G3 in gold black and white

LG G3 vs Galaxy S5 video

We pit the two Korean firms' flagship smartphones against each other

Updating your subscription status Loading

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging


Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

(Senior) IT Support Engineer - 1st-3rd Line Support

A successful IT service provider that has been operating...

iT Architecture & Technical Design Manager

Providing architectural and technical design leadership...

Junior PHP Developer

I am currently looking for a Junior PHP developer for...

IT Support/ IT Helpdesk

IT Support/ 1st/ 2nd Line/ IT Helpdesk This is a...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.