Chinese technology giant Baidu processed more than 50 billion “harmful” pieces of information in 2018, up from the around 45 billion reported the previous year, as state control over the internet and cultural content increases.

The purge included content that relates to pornography, drug use, gambling, and fraud. On average, the company intercepted 1,500 pieces of information per second, Baidu said in an annual content management report, according to our sister site TechNode Chinese.

Since 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China, China’s cyber watchdog, has targeted online service providers, including app creators, livestreamers, and chat room moderators. This has also been extended to include firms operating app stores, social networks, and cloud computing services. Companies have been held accountable for content created on their platforms.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen