China internet watchdog to probe Baidu over reports it was used to promote gambling

China's internet regulator said it will investigate Baidu Inc after domestic media reported illegal gambling websites used the country's biggest search engine to promote themselves. In a statement posted on its website late on Monday, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said it said will conduct a strict investigation and handle any illegal behavior accordingly. Gambling has been outlawed in China since 1949, though a state lottery does operate.

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