The Chinese counterpart of Wikipedia, Baidu Baike, used blockchain to keep track of the edits in the articles in order to improve the transparency and traceability of events in its service, CoinDesk writes.
Although the company has not officially announced the integration of the technology yet, the search on the encyclopedia already returns the results that the hash values correspond to, which indicate that the data are recorded including with the help of the blockchain.
In a conversation with CoinDesk, a company representative confirmed that in the public version of the service, hash values began to appear on this Monday, although some timestamps indicate that hashing started at least last week.
To account for edits Baidu uses its own blockchain, which does not allow an outside user to determine which data is recorded, for example, whether the edit time, the name of its author or the reason for making entries are taken into account.
The representative of Baidu refused to answer technical questions, but said that the goal of integrating the blockchain is to increase the reliability of the data in the encyclopedia, which information can be modified by the users themselves.
Baidu Baike was launched in 2008 and is the main service of this kind for the residents of China, as the original “Wikipedia” in the country is blocked. According to public data as of February 2018, the encyclopedia contains 15.2 million records and 6.4 million revisions.
Earlier, the search giant Baidu launched a service like “blockchain as a service” and its own version of the blockchain-game CryptoKitties for Chinese users.