Bike rental startup ofo is filing a lawsuit against social networking platform Maimai (脉脉) for slander and defamation after a user on the website claimed ofo staff were engaged in graft.

An expose of the so-called ofo internal corruption practices was first found in early May on Maimai, where a post of one user talking about his work at a bike-rental firm was unexpectedly followed by a comment from a supposed current ofo employee claiming that “a regional operator in ofo can siphon tens of hundreds yuan every month and a university operator can take tens of hundreds yuan or more.”

In response, ofo released an open letter saying they have zero tolerance towards corruption, and that these accusations from the anonymous source are full of personal emotions but lack specific details.

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Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.