Following the Chinese IT-giants Tencent and Alibaba, Baidu, the third largest search engine in the world, cracked down on cryptocurrencies. It started censoring cryptocurrency-related topics on forums and chats.

Baidu, the operator of China's largest search engine, began to censor forums and chats where users discuss topics, related to cryptocurrencies and ICOs. Such chatrooms as Digital Currency Bar and Virtual Currency Bar, placed on the Baidu-controlled Tieba platform, were suspended. A search of the two online forums on Monday showed they are temporarily closed “in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and policies,” South China Morning Post reports. A spokeswoman for Baidu declined to comment on the matter.

Earlier, Chinese authorities reportedly decided to block access to more than 120 offshore cryptocurrency exchanges in the near future.

Last week it was announced that the Chinese internet giants Tencent and Alibaba started struggling with over-the-counter cryptocurrency trading in their mobile payment services. Tencent said that the company would block the crypto assets trading in its social application WeChat, monitoring transactions in real time and blocking suspicious transactions in order to reach that goal. Similarly, Ant Financial, controlled by Alibaba, announced its decision to ban cryptocurrency trading and suspend those accounts on its payment service Alipay, which are suspected in cryptocurrency trading.