Baidu Censors Social Media Results From Searches for Former Politburo Member's Sons' Names

He Guoqiang (贺国强) is a retired Communist Party official. Previously he was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee and the Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

These screenshots show that on February 20, 2014, Baidu increased its censorship of “He Jintao” (贺锦涛)  and “He Jinlei” (贺锦雷) - the names  of He Guoqiang’s sons. In both cases, on February 19 a search for their names restricted to results on returned results that were mostly from Sina’s blogging and forum services. The following day the same search excluded results from those services (so in the case of He Jinlei there were apparently no other results to be displayed, so Baidu just showed a censorship notice).

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