GoSo.cn: ‘The people’s search engine’
Now, a three or so months after Google’s official pull out from China, we get the “People’s Search Engine” (人民搜索), GoSo.cn.
Don’t expect Google’s free search policy here though. Launched by People’s Daily, techblog86.com reports that, “this being the official search engine, controversial content is left out. Look for the date of the Tian’anmen crackdown in Chinese, for example, and if you’re in China, you’ll get hits which are not one bit related to the controversial event.”
Officially, the site was launched to “create an authoritative Chinese search engine” as well as “providing trusted search results.” Did we miss something or doesn’t Baidu already fit that niche for 80-something percent of the Chinese search market? Looks like the Chinese government is giving China’s biggest, technically non-government sponsored search engine a run for its money. More importantly, though will Chinese netizens even care?