To protect wildlife, Baidu blocked 53 users and shut down 33 Post Bars

On March 7th, 2017, Baidu launched the “Baidu Biodiversity Protection Project” to cleanse the Baidu Post Bar, an online community bound tightly to Baidu’s search service. For a long time, many wildlife product traders had used Baidu Post Bar to post or exchange trade information without any restriction. This illegal trade hasn’t been terminated until this year.1

According to the latest data, up until now, Baidu has deleted 197,000 posts about the illegal wildlife product trade, shut down 33 Post Bars, and permanently banned the accounts of 53 users. Harmful information and thousands of pictures on Baidu’s other user platforms, such as Baidu Knows and Baidu Library, have also been blocked by Baidu.

All of these actions aim to protect endangered animals such as elephants, pangolins, bears, rhinoceros, and tigers.

On June 22nd, 2018, Baidu cooperated with the International Fund for Animal Welfare to launch the “DU AI All Life” ( which means “Baidu Loves All Life”) project. The two parties will utilize their respective advantages to protect biodiversity and explore the applications of internet technology in the area of wildlife crime prevention.2

This was the achievement of the second phase of Baidu’s biodiversity protection project. Over the past year, Baidu has joined hands with government authorities and NGOs to contribute to biodiversity protection.

At the International Biodiversity Day Memorial in March 2017, Baidu cooperated with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection on the DUVA project. Baidu was the only internet company to attend this conference.

From September 25th to 27th, 2017, TRAFFIC, a world wildlife trade monitoring network, invited Baidu to attend Oxford University’s illegal wildlife trade conference. Baidu’s accomplishments in biodiversity protection were collected by the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity and published as a brief report, which was sent to over 20 member countries.5

On November 22nd, 2017, Baidu, in conjunction with 8 other Chinese internet companies, including Tencent and Alibaba, launched the first Chinese internet company league aiming to attack the illegal online wildlife trade.4

In January this year, Baidu cooperated with WWF to hold a “Make a Pinky Promise with Celebrities” event to spread the spirit of resisting ivory products.

Baidu has promised to continue trying its best to protect biodiversity with its advancements in internet technology.

All information and photos come from TechWeb: http://www.techweb.com.cn/internet/2018-06-28/2680030.shtml

Translated by Victor Du and edited by Riley Peng @ Animal Dialogue

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