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The Bedford Report

July 15, 2011 08:16 ET

Baidu and Youku Poised for Increased Traffic

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on Baidu & Youku

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 15, 2011) - Strong regulation and censorship has caused the number of active websites in China to drop significantly in the last year. The decline in the number of websites has led to reduced competition for companies such as Baidu and Youku, which has led to more traffic to their websites. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in China's Internet Sector and provides stock research on, Inc. (NYSE: YOKU) and Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Reports from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) claim that there has been a 41 percent drop in the number of websites over the last year, with 1.91 million websites left at the end of last year. Experts believe tighter regulations and the blocking of sensitive forums have contributed to the decline.

China had already blocked websites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and in the aftermath of the "Jasmine Revolution" that swept across much of the Middle East, Chinese officials have tightened online regulations even more.

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China bans several North American websites for a variety of reasons, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, arguing that the uncensored sharing of images and information could cause social instability and harm national security.

China's "Great Firewall" has been highly criticised in the United States. Earlier this year Chinese pro-democracy activists, residing in New York, sued Baidu for violating the US constitution in a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court. The activists argue that Baidu helps the Chinese government censor political expression. The suit also named the Chinese government as a defendant.

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