Chinese search engine company Baidu Inc. is being investigated by the country’s internet regulatory body after the death of a 21-year-old college student triggered outrage online over poorly-vetted medical ads on Baidu’s platform.

The NASDAQ-listed company saw their stock prices plummet by over seven percent after the Cyberspace Administration of China announced they are assembling a team to probe the company’s practices.

Wei Zexi, a Shaanxi-based computer science major, died on April 12th after the treatment he was receiving for a rare soft tissue cancer failed. Prior to his death Mr. Wei had lashed out at Baidu for promoting the hospital he used among top search results without vetting the information, calling the company “evil”.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com