Self-censoring 'Chinese Wikipedia' launched

China’s biggest internet search engine Baidu has launched a self-censoring online encyclopaedia modelled on the US site, Wikipedia, which is currently blocked by Beijing.

Unlike Wikipedia, which allows anyone to create and modify entries, Baidupedia is censored by the company to avoid offending the Chinese government. Entries to the encyclopaedia must first pass a filtering system before being added to the site.

Baidupedia bars users from including any "malicious evaluation of the current national system", any "attack on government institutions", and prevents the "promotion of a dispirited or negative view of life".

Read the full story (New Scientist)

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