Thursday, May 29, 2014

Baidu Doesn’t Censor Searches for “Tiananmen Massacre” On Its Japan Search Engine

Below, the left-hand screenshot was taken on May 28, 2014, and shows that when a user in Japan searches for “Tiananmen Massacre” (天安门大屠杀) in Chinese on, Baidu informs them that “In accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, some search results have not been displayed.” (根据相关法律法规和政策,部分搜索结果未予显示。) Baidu restricts search results to about a dozen websites that under the direct control of the central government and the Communist Party, such as:
  • Xinhua
  • China News
  • Guangming Daily
  • China Youth Daily
  • People’s Daily
  • China Radio International
The same search done on Baidu’s Japan search engine,, returns apparently uncensored results, with the first three results being from Youtube.

This screenshot shows that when a user searches for “Tiananmen Massacre” on, they are not shown a censorship notice, but rather are told that Baidu cannot find any search results.

This screenshot shows an article from the People’s Daily website from 2007. It says that Baidu’s Japan website had been blocked by the Great Firewall, the suspected reason being pornography.