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Baidu, Sohu Get Caught in Latest Chinese Internet Clampdown

  • China’s online watchdog orders both to suspend news services
  • The actions stem from a six-month web clean-up by the CAC

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China’s cyberspace police have ordered Baidu Inc. and Ltd. to suspend a plethora of news services for a week, kicking off an online clean-up campaign with two of the country’s biggest internet corporations.

The Cyberspace Administration of China on Thursday announced it was starting a six-month effort to eradicate “vulgar” information” from a plethora of online media, including messaging services and livestreaming platforms. The Beijing branch of the watchdog said it summoned executives from both firms and ordered several of Baidu’s and Sohu’s news and content feeds to suspend updates from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10 while they root out undesirable content.