Author/Editor: Xiao Wei
In April 2018, Shenma searched and sued Sogou Company for illegal hijacking of traffic, requesting compensation for damages of 102 million yuan. At that time, Shenma search told the court that the hijacked traffic data reached 1.897 billion.
June 27, 2019,Shenma v. Sogou finally pronounced a sentence, Beijing Haidian Court found that Sogou search hijacked UC browser and Shenma search traffic through candidate words, constituted unfair competition and sentenced more than 20 million yuan.. The amount of compensation in this case was the highest in a similar case in Haidian Court.
It is reported that Sogou launched the search candidate word service from the Android version of Sogou mobile phone input method launched in December 2015. The search candidate words are arranged above the input candidate words on the input method interface, and the user clicks on the search candidate words to jump directly into the Sogou search result page. The default search engine of UC browser is search for Shenma. Shenma believes that the above functions deliberately cause confusion to users and mislead users to use Sogou search, which actually causes malicious competition for traffic hijacking.
In the trial,After the data investigation, the court finally found that Sogou Company had more than 700 million hijacked traffic and continued to infringe during the litigation process.
Previously, Baidu, Qihoo and Sogou had also been guilty of unreasonable competition for the dog due to traffic hijacking. The court sentenced Sogou to compensate 5 million yuan.
Earlier in 2015, Sogou was also sued by Baidu, but at that time the court only sentenced Sogou to pay 500,000 yuan.
According to the statistics of Bida Consulting, in 2018, Baidu search ranked first with 62.2% market share. After that, Shenma search occupied 22.3% of the market share, and Sogou ranked third with 13.5%.