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Baidu faces popular backlash over promotion of sponsored sites

Chinese users slam internet giant for bias in search results

Baidu dominates China's search engine market, holding a share of over 80%. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

HONG KONG -- China's search engine Baidu Inc. is facing a wave of public criticism in the world's largest internet market as users question whether Baidu has abused its monopoly in a country where Google is absent.

The criticism was triggered by a blog post titled "Search engine Baidu is already dead," which accused the company of promoting its own sites -- in particular, a blog-style platform called Baijiahao -- instead of objectively returning the best search results.

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