US judge rules Baidu has First Amendment right to block content / Political Censorship is now an editorial freedom

Engineering Evil

EEV: Political Censorship is now an editorial freedom

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 March, 2014, 11:58pm

Reuters in New York

Internet giant Baidu has won the dismissal of a US lawsuit by pro-democracy activists who complained that China’s most widely used search engine illegally suppressed political speech.

Eight New York writers and video producers had accused Baidu of creating search-engine algorithms, at the behest of Beijing, to block users in the United States from articles, videos and other information advocating greater democracy in China.

The plaintiffs in the case, which was heard in Manhattan, said this kept Baidu users from seeing their work, unlike users of other search engines such as Google and Microsoft’s…

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