China State News Agency Launches Panguso Search Engine

Panguso is a new search engine, launched by Xinhua, China Mobile and state-run news agency that will let people search for news, web sites, images, videos and audio. The new search engine is touted by Xinhua as an "accurate search service for news, websites, images, videos and audio data," although it will be strictly censored […]

Panguso is a new search engine, launched by Xinhua, China Mobile and state-run news agency that will let people search for news, web sites, images, videos and audio. The new search engine is touted by Xinhua as an "accurate search service for news, websites, images, videos and audio data," although it will be strictly censored by the Chinese government.

The new search engine will filter results according to the guidelines issued by the Chinese government, often referred to as "the great firewall of China."

For e.g., a search on Panguso for Liu Xiaobo, the jailed activist and Nobel Peace Laureate, returned no results. A search on Baidu turned up Chinese-language commentaries criticizing Liu.

Searches on Panguso for the Dalai Lama turned up tourism information for Tibet, followed by commentaries from Chinese state media criticizing the exiled Tibetan leader.

And Panguso has politically embarrassing gaps. It returned no result in a search for the website of People's University in Beijing, the first university founded after the 1949 communist revolution and one of China's most prominent institutions.

Baidu claimed a 75.5% share of China's online search market in the Q1'09, according to Analysys International, a Beijing research firm. Google was second but its market share fell to 19.6%, down from 30.9% before the closure of its China search engine.

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