Baidu, China's Biggest Search Engine Is Under Investigation, Authorities Reveal
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Baidu, China's Biggest Search Engine Is Under Investigation, Authorities Reveal

(CBN Global) May 2 -- The Cyberspace Administration of China is to dispatch an investigation team, together with the Industry & Commerce authority and the Health authority, to investigate Baidu[NASDAQ:BIDU], a Chinese search engine giant, over the death of college student Wei Zexi.

Wei Zexi, 21, a college student from Xidian University in northwestern Shaanxi province, died of synovial sarcoma earlier last month. He received a treatment found in Baidu's search results at a Beijing hospital before he died.

The Beijing Armed Police Corps owned hospital is operated by a group infamous businessman from Fujian province, they paid money to Baidu for advancing their fake medical treatment ads on the top of search results.

During the last minutes of Wei's life, he answered Baidu to the question "What do you think is the greatest evil of human nature?" on a Chinese Q&A site, saying he never should have trusted medical ads on the search engine, "I had no idea Baidu was so evil at the time".

His death triggered the nation-wide anger that Baidu placed unidentified business's information at the top of internet searches in exchange for the huge profits.

The market cap of the Nasdaq listed company is around USD67.24 billion today. Baidu was ranked as one of the world's most innovative companies by the Forbes magazine in 2015. 

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