Thursday, October 8, 2015

Baidu Search Results for "Ai Weiwei Listening Devices" Disappear

On October 4, 2015, Ai Weiwei (艾未未) posted the following photos on his Instagram page.

These screenshots show that on October 7, 2015, Baidu claimed it could no longer find any search results for the phrase "Ai Weiwei Listening Devices" (艾未未 监听设备), even though on the previous day it was able to find over 500 results, including the results headed "Listening Devices Discovered in Ai Weiwei's Workshop" (艾未未工作室发现监听设备).

This screenshot, also taken on October 7, 2015, shows that when a user searched for "Ai Weiwei Monitored" (艾未未 监听), Baidu displayed a censorship notice, and none of the 3 results returned appeared to contained that phrase.

These screenshots, also taken on October 7, 2015, show that users were not being permitted to discuss Ai Weiwei on either Sina Weibo or Baidu PostBar (Tieba 贴吧).

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Global Times: "Real Tibet Can’t Be Concealed," Baidu and Sina Censor "Self Immolation," "Dalai Lama," and "Tibet Independence"

On September 8, 2015, the state sponsored Global Times published an editorial entitled “Real Tibet Can’t Be Concealed by Dalai’s Lies.” Some excerpts:
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region. People of all ethnicities have held celebrations for this anniversary.

For all these years, there have been two Tibets in public opinion. One is the real Tibet. The other is an imaginary one hyped by the Dalai Lama clique and Western opinion who often denounced that Tibet is not what it used to be under the rule of the CPC.

The imaginary Tibet does not exist, but with the instigation of Western media and the Dalai Lama, this Tibet has a certain influence in the international opinion sphere. This is perhaps the longest-lasting lie in the modern world.
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The lies told by the West will not last long. As China gradually moves to the center of the world stage, people across the world will have the chance to see the real Tibet.
These screenshots were taken on September 13, and show that Baidu and Sina have censored discussion of “Tibet Independence,” (藏独) “the Dalailama,” (达赖喇嘛) and “Self-Immolate” (自焚) on their PostBar (贴吧 Tieba) and Weibo social media forums, respectively.

These screenshots, also taken on September 13, show that Baidu is censoring image search results for "Tibetans Self-Immolate," (藏人自焚) and a comparison with search results for the same term on Bing.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Xi Jinping Says China "Open to Foreign Media," China's Government and Search Engines Block Access to Foreign Media

On September 19, 2015, the state sponsored China Daily published an article entitled “Xi says China Open to Foreign Media, Eyeing Closer Co-Op with US.” Some excerpts:
President Xi Jinping on Friday said China will continue to be open to foreign media and he looks forward to more cooperation and understanding between China and the United States.

"[We] welcome foreign media and correspondents to cover China stories, introducing China's development to the world, and helping the world grasp the opportunities [afforded by] China's development," Xi said as he met with Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corp. at the Great Hall of the People.
These screenshots were taken just prior to Xi’s trip, and show what people in China see when they try to access Reuters, Bloomberg, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Their connections are reset and the pages will not load.

These screenshots show the search results people get on three of China’s most popular search engines - Baidu, Qihoo, and Sogou - when they try to find information about Xi Jinping on the New York Time’s website.

This screenshot shows what users saw when performing the same search on the Bing search engine.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Baidu Begins Censoring "Liu Lefei" - Vice Chairman of CITIC

On August 31, 2015, the state sponsored China Daily published an article entitled “Journalist, Securities Regulatory Official Held for Stock Market Violation.” Some excerpts:
Xinhua also learned from authorities that Xu Gang, Liu Wei, Fang Qingli and Chen Rongjie, senior executives of the Citic Securities, China's leading securities dealer, have been put under "criminal compulsory measures" for suspected insider trading. They have also confessed to their violations.
On September 15, 2015, the China Daily published an article entitled “China Securities Executives Under Probe for Insider Trading.” Some excerpts:
The authorities have detained four executives from China's largest brokerage, CITIC Securities Co, a staff member of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, and a journalist from business magazine Caijing, in the latest moves to crack down on stock market violations.

The CITIC executives, who have confessed to their violations, were named as Xu Gang, Liu Wei, Fang Qingli and Chen Rongjie. They have been placed under "criminal compulsory measures" for suspected insider trading, reported Xinhua.
According to Baidu’s Encyclopedia (百科 Baike), since March 2014 Liu Lefei (刘乐飞)  has been a vice-chairman of CITIC (中信证券 -formerly the China International Trust and Investment Corporation).

Baidu’s Encyclopedia article does not mention who Liu Lefei’s father is.

These screenshots were taken on September 18, 2015, and show that Baidu was not censoring search results for “Liu Lefei,” but was censoring search results for “Liu Lefei Father” (刘乐飞 父亲) and “Liu Lefei Dad” (刘乐飞 爸爸).

These screenshots show that at some time between September 18 and September 21, Baidu began censoring search results for “Liu Lefei.”

This screenshot was taken on September 21, and shows search results on Baidu for “Liu Yunshan Liu Lefei” (刘云山 刘乐飞). There is only one result, from Xinhua, which makes no mention of any relationship between Liu Yunshan and Liu Lefei.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Guangzhou Police Place Police Stations at 83 Websites and Internet Companies

On August 4, 2015, China's official news service Xinhua published and article entitled "Ministry of Public Security Presents Series of Measures to Strengthen Its Administration of the Internet" (公安部推出系列举措强化互联网安全管理). According to the article the Ministry held a meeting on August 4, during which it stated that it would require "major websites and Internet enterprises to put in place website security administration organizations and employees" and "strictly abide by laws and moral bottom lines, and not play up any sensitive incidents that might induce criminal activity" (坚守法律和道德底线,不渲染可能诱发犯罪的敏感案事件). 

On August 5, 2015, the state sponsored Global Times published an article entitled “China Launches ‘Online Police Stations' to Strengthen Cyber Security.” Some excerpts:
China will set up "Internet police stations" (网安警务室) on major websites and Internet companies as part of the nation's efforts to strengthen online security, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced Tuesday.

The offices would be responsible for collecting and reporting to police information on suspected illegal activities, and to help companies improve security management, reported the Xinhua News Agency.
. . . .
Authorities had already removed 758,000 pieces of "illegal and criminal information," and have investigated over 70,000 cyber crime cases since January, the MPS added.
On September 10, 2015, the state sponsored Guangzhou Daily published an article entitled "Is There a Zombie Biting People on Nantian Road? Don't Believe These Kind of Rumors!" (南田路丧尸咬人?这种谣言你都信!- see here for context). An excerpt:
Lv Tao, deputy commander of the Guangzhou Internet Police Force explained, the Internet Police Force had established "Internet Police Stations" at 83 major websites and Internet enterprises in Guangzhou. From June until today, the Guangzhou Internet Police Force had, as part of a campaign against online rumors, investigate and sanctioned eight websites, dealt with over 2,300 items of illegal information, warned and educated 33 Internet users, investigated 12 cases of online rumormongering, and subjected 11 people to administrative detention.