Alibaba has been suspended from the world’s largest nonprofit anti-counterfeit organization after a conflict of interest was discovered involving the group’s president, as well as several complaints from brands who also had memberships with the group.

Alibaba joined the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) last month under a new category which permits ‘intermediaries’ to join the group.

Several luxury brands, including Gucci, Michael Kors and high-end jeweler Tiffany & Co., have since withdrawn their membership in protest, claiming that Alibaba has not done enough to rid their e-commerce platforms of counterfeit products.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com