Mobike co-founder Hu Weiwei is suing the operators of Q&A website Zhihu (知乎) for defamation after a user on the site claimed Mobike staff were involved in corruption. This comes just days after a corruption scandal at main rival ofo and forms part of a growing trend of tech company litigation in China.

On May 9, Hu Weiwei discovered that an anonymous Zhihu user was claiming that Hu, along with Mobike CEO Wang Xiaofeng and CTO Joe Xia were getting kickbacks of RMB 100 per bike from a factory in Wuxi and, given the factory produced 3.65 million bikes the previous month, the C-suite had received RMB 360 million, after previously sharing kickbacks during Spring Festival. The factory owner is also alleged to have been on the receiving end of RMB 20 million.

According to a statement released by Haidian District People’s Court in Beijing on May 18, it had recently received a request by Mobike co-founder Hu Weiwei to take Beijing Zhizhe Tianxi Keji Company, which operates Zhihu, to court for damage to her reputation and that of her company.

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...