ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPOnline forums are for public discussions(China Daily) Updated:2016-01-15 08:17Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallPeople talk in front of Baidu Inc, which operates Chinas most popular Internet search engine, in Beijing.[File Photo]AMID GROWING concern over their excessive commercialization, Baidu pledged on Tuesday to stop monetizing all of its illness-related forums on Tieba, an online community-based group discussion service, and said it will invite non-profit organizations to run these online discussion groups. The Chinese search engine giant has reportedly sold the operation of a number of online forums to unqualified hospitals even local governments via third-party companies. Beijing News questions some governments desire to run such online forums:
It is understandable that some local governments want to gauge netizens opinions on local affairs, but their intervention is likely to be at the cost of sincere public participation if their involvement is known.
That many local Tieba groups are popular among Chinese netizens has little to do with governments so-called guidance. Instead, it is more a result of netizens attempts to exchange information on a variety of social issues, especially sensitive and unconfirmed information that can hardly be found in the news, such as natural disasters and scandals concerning officials.
True, local online forums are not immune to rumors and sensational hearsay, but to some extent, they are able to purge themselves of unidentified information via thorough in-group discussions.
In other words, local governments could put more efforts into collecting, analyzing, and participating in relevant online discussions, as well as responding to outstanding concerns in a timely manner, instead of simply buying the operation of a Tieba forum. It is possible that these online communities may lose their magic and popularity if officials seek to block peoples opinions or fabricate advantageous posts.
According to the countrys newly approved regulations on online information providers, Baidu is allowed to pursue profits by running online community-based group discussion services, so long as it does not maneuver the operation of such forums in any way. That being said, by selling its Tieba groups to some local governments, the Internet giant might have failed to observe the regulations.8.03KRelated StoriesBaidu to halt commercialization of Tieba health forumsBaidu set up Internet insurance company with partnersBaidu taps rich O2O seam for growthBaidu reveals strategy behind overseas expansionMost Viewed Todays Top NewsInclusive AIIB to boost sustainable growthStabilizing stock market requires policy reviewSelf-glorification in State of Union address ignored US problemsSupport China to gain market economy statusStricter discipline ordinance to fortify PartyForum TrendsTop 10 domestic news cartoonsTop 10 world news cartoonsOur forumites make their own 2016 calendarHow an American views China and USIs public breastfeeding appropriate?12 stories that touched the heart in 2015Squat or sit?ColumnistsSupport China to gain market economy statusSelf-glorification in State of Union address ignored US problemsFeatured ContributorsFansubs open a new world of reality TV to Chinese audiences: American presidential debatesIran talks have set a good example for response to DPRKStar BloggersOver the top By teamkrejadosStrangely enough, the Chinese don t seem to be acquainted with the Less is More philosophy. In itself that is a paradox, considering the relative simplicity of the typical home over here.My letter to Premier Li Keqiang By jaseminsiboA leaders role is to provide a nurturing and governed environment to always ensure her citizens are safe. At the same time give them enough freedom to explore and develop their own identity.President Xi Jinpings vision for 2016: Responsibility By MichaelMPresident Xi Jinping, in giving his third New Years speech for Chinese at home and around the world, outlined the accomplishments and challenging tasks that China has experienced and yet faces.SpecialPresident Xis UK visit in foreigners eyeSino-US love storiesGlobal views on Chinas WWII anniversary…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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