China Widens Internet Crackdown With Meituan Monopoly Probe
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April 26 2021

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

China Widens Internet Crackdown With Meituan Monopoly Probe

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

China’s government has expanded its antitrust crackdown beyond Jack Ma’s technology empire, launching an investigation into suspected monopolistic practices by food-delivery behemoth Meituan.

The State Administration for Market Regulation announced the investigation, which began recently, in a statement Monday. The antitrust watchdog is looking into alleged abuses including forced exclusivity arrangements known as “pick one of two.” The company said it will actively cooperate with the probe and step up efforts to comply with regulations. Its businesses are currently operating normally, it added in a statement.

Eoin Treacy's view

Meituan has prospered by gamifying the online review and social media sector. They provide concrete rewards for participation with the app and that can include anything from being able to skip the line at popular restaurants to discounts. As a result, the company has been one of the primary leaders of the domestic Chinese tech scene and growth of the social media ecosystem. That success has now attracted the attention of the government which effectively limits its growth.

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