18.1.6.1.2. Baidu Baike censorship of Hao Haidong (百度百科审查郝海东)

This served as good evidence of the obvious fact that Baidu Baike (百度百科, Chinese censored Wikipedia clone) is highly censored.

Article about the Chinese national soccer team https://baike.baidu.com/item/中国国家男子足球队:

The article used to mention Hao extensively. He was:

  • second on the 知名人物 (famous people)

  • was the 进球最多者 (top scorer), a category which as completely removed

  • the list 射手榜 (top scorers?) is still there but casually starts at 宿茂臻 with 27 goals, and skips Hao which has 41

  • an entire section about Hao was removed entitled "永远的9号——郝海东" and saying how amazing he was, including a picture

Ye won the BWF World Championships (世界羽毛球锦标赛), a biannual tournament organized by the Badminton World Federation (羽毛球世界联合会) that is likely the most prestigious in the world twice in 1995 and 1997, and her name had to be removed from the list of winners in Baidu https://baike.baidu.com/item/世界羽毛球锦标赛:

The fact that badminton is a single player sport is great in this case, as it just puts more emphasis on her name as opposed to Hao’s multiplayer soccer game:

  • still up 2020-06-14 but locked: https://web.archive.org/web/20200614105842/https://baike.baidu.com/item/郝润泽

  • and casually forgets to mention that he is the fucking son of Haidong, which was likely edited out recently, but there is no edit history in Baidu Baike. Google Cache was already from 2020-06-08 and missed the pre-edit. What a shame

  • The last entry says "2020年5月31日,郝润泽在塞尔维亚超级联赛第27轮尼什工人客场挑战纳普里达克的比赛中,首秀替补出场打入一球,帮助尼什工人实现绝平。" and also casually forgets to mention that he was fired two weeks later.

Baidu Baike Badminton World Federation censored 1995 1997 wins by Ye Zhaoying wife of Hao Haidong
Figure 215. In 2020, due to her criticizing the Chinese government together with her husband Hao Haidong (郝海东, 2020), all mention of badminton player Ye Zhaoying (叶钊颖) removed from Baidu Baike (百度百科, Chinese censored Wikipedia clone). In this particularly funny case, her wins from the 1995 and 1997 Badminton World Federation World Championships (世界羽毛球锦标赛) women’s singles were simply removed, as if that year the event hadn’t happend. In the neighbouring years 1993 and 1999, and every other year, they did of course happen. An earlier web archive shows of course that she was the winner in those years.