Baidu, China’s largest search engine, will reportedly be punished by Chinese authorities for an illicit music search and download service its provides to users of the site.
In a statement sent by a Baidu spokesperson to Reuters, it was revealed that the company is trying to rid its search indexes of links to illegal music download.
Kaiser Kuo told Reuters that Baidu is “aware that songs require approval and have sought to comply with previous notifications from the Ministry of Culture. But search engine indexing is a continuous process and some files may have reappeared in results.”
“Baidu will now take quick action to remove links to any files that have been identified by the ministry,” the spokesperson told the news agency.
According to Reuters, the move by the Chinese government threatens the rise of Baidu’s stocks.