Meituan-Dianping’s CEO Wang Xing responded to negative comments on the recent controversy about food delivery app Meituan Waimai (美团外卖, Meituan Takeaway) using separate boxes for halal food, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting.

This week, a picture of Meituan Waimai using a separate food box for halal food was widely circulated on the Chinese internet, stirring up controversy with many netizens claiming discrimination against non-Muslims. The Meituan Waimai app was flooded with one-star comments of angry Chinese netizens claiming that Meituan users should delete the app. Initially, Meituan did not respond to this. And then one user called “Meituan city manager Zhang Wei,” published the user’s comment on knowledge sharing platform Zhihu, which once again led to strong condemnation from the public.

After a long silence, Meituan responded to the issue on its official Weibo account on the evening of July 19th:

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com