anonymous WeChat poll opposed Li’s nomination. More than 150,000 ne
tizen in the poll voted no, with around 1,000 voting for his nomination as of May 2. The
poll was removed on Monday. Neither the academy nor Baidu responded to inquiries.
Li was nominated by the China Association for Science and Technology mainly for his contribution to China’s search
engine technology, financial news outlet Yicai reported on Monday. Li also was included in the candidate category kno
wn for its inclusion of innovative managers in new and interdisciplinary engineering sectors.
Zhou Jian, chairman of Beijing Gan’en Charity Foundation, said in a r
ecent WeChat article that people should “resolutely oppose Li’s nomination for acad
emician”, claiming Baidu has promoted fake medical advertisements in its search results that misled patients.