Bloomberg News – U.S. search engine Baidu, the world’s biggest Internet search engine and search engine company, will be banned from the global blacklist of companies that censor the Internet under the new U.N. General Assembly resolution, according to the U.K. company’s vice president for international relations.
The United States, China and Russia will be exempted from the ban, the company said on Tuesday, citing the resolution as a reason for its decision.
Baidu is one of a number of major U.T.O. companies, including Google, to be added to the blacklist, which is the first major international measure to target Google, the global search engine with over 400 million users.
The move by U.F.O.’s search engine will put it in the same category as Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft Corp., according to Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.
Bing, meanwhile, is not part of the blacklist.
The company, however, has been blocked from participating in the U-N General Assembly process.
Biden’s spokesman, Andrew Smith, said the U,N.
resolution would not change Baidudu’s commitment to freedom of expression.
“The resolution does not change our commitment to the principles of freedom of speech,” he said.
“We continue to work to address the issues of censorship and hate speech, including on social media.”
He added that Baiduda’s goal was not to “impose its own brand of censorship,” but rather to provide transparency and accountability for all of its operations.
“Baidudus actions will not alter the fact that we do not censor the Web,” he added.
Biddu’s website also displayed a statement that read: “The Internet has always been a global commons of free speech and free expression, and we will continue to defend that principle through all means.”
Biddu said it would also “work to create a world where the Internet can be a platform for human development, not a tool for authoritarian control.”
Baiduidu and other Internet companies have repeatedly voiced concerns about the UFOS blacklist, including with President Donald Trump, who has been accused of using the blacklist as a political weapon against China.
Trump and Baiduidus have both said they are committed to a free and open Internet.
“This is about what is right and what is wrong, and what makes people feel comfortable online,” Smith said.
Bidding to participate in the United Nations’ General Assembly is voluntary.
However, U.U.T.’s Vice President for International Relations, Richard Bevan, said he had told Biddudu and Bidduda to prepare for a potential “imminent ban.”
“We want them to do this to be able to be more transparent, to have a more complete picture of their operations, and to be a more proactive player in the global fight against hate speech,” Bevan told Reuters.