The Chinese search engine known as the ‘Chinese Google’ is reportedly blocking cryptocurrency related content on its platform.
China Times reported that Baidu is outright restricting crypto related discussion on Baidu Tieba, their Reddit-like platform.
“Currently, the company has toughened its scrutiny over digital currency and will not allow sub-forums under this theme, based on relevant rules and regulations,” according to a source cited by Coindesk.
At present, the digital currency and virtual currency forums are unavailable and searching for those keywords yields a message stating, “This forum is temporarily closed due to relevant laws, regulations, and policies”.
Baidu cites WeChat, and their ban of crypto discussion as part of their reason for suspending crypto related discussion.
This being said, the sub-forums for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin mining are all still active, so it appears this is another move in China’s crusade against ICOs.