China orders Baidu to clean up 'low-brow content'

FILE PHOTO: A Baidu sign is seen at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’a internet regulator ordered search engine Baidu to clean up improper information and halt the spread of “low-brow content.”

China’s powerful internet regulator, Cyberspace Administration of China, said in a post published on Wednesday on its official WeChat account that Baidu’s content review on some of its news feed channels is not “strict,” therefore “it has exerted bad influence to the society.”

Baidu said on its mobile app that it would suspend operations of some mobile app channels, without elaborating on when it would resume those operations. Baidu declined to further comment.

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Reporting by Yingzhi Yang in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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