Originally posted on The Conversation, by Suzannah Wood and Nic Suzor.
China’s biggest search engine has a constitutional right to filter its search results, a US court found last month. But that’s just the start of the story.
Eight New York-based pro-democracy activists sued Baidu Inc in 2011, seeking damages because Baidu prevents their work from showing up in search results. Baidu follows Chinese law that requires it to censor politically sensitive results.
But in what the plaintiffs’ lawyer has dubbed a “perfect paradox”, US District Judge Jesse Furman has dismissed the challenge, explaining that to hold Baidu liable for its decisions to censor pro-democracy content would itself infringe the right to free speech.Read More