Baidu.com (NASDAQ:BIDU), the top Chinese search engine, has been blocked by major social networking services [SNS] websites in
The social networking websites' decision to block Baidu, which controls 60% of
In the majority of cases, websites that have records of users’ private details will set a code in order to prevent search engines' spiders from crawling. A few search engines however, will not observe these standards such as the observation of the robots.txt rule. Consequently, SNS websites have to block them in order to protect the privacy of their users. However, the reality is that while the Chinese search engines might be ignoring these robots.txt files, many Chinese websites themselves appear to have a complete disregard for their users’ data.
While the SNS sites' decision to block Baidu, as they say, is based only on the premise of the users’ rights to privacy, analysts say their motivation comes primarily from Baidu’s dominant position. Furthermore, serious invasion of the users’ privacy suddenly appears to be an issue in
Instead of blocking the search engines, the managers of these Chinese websites can easily implement privacy protection measures that are widely available. Facebook, for instance, has created a successful model in refusing most search engine queries.
In reference to user privacy in China, Paul Denlinger, owner of China Business Strategy said:
I find this excuse a real stretch, and this sounds much more like a desire to dial back the power of Baidu and its search. [Via Chinalyst]