The recent death of WePhone’s founder spurs a huge outcry across Chinese social media.

On September 7, Su Xiangmao, the 37-year-old developer behind the Skype-like app that lets users make international calls at low rates, committed suicide. He left behind a death note detailing the heart-wrenching story of his 29-year-old ex-wife, who he briefly married after meeting on Jiayuan.com—dubbed the Chinese match.com—and who later blackmailed him into paying RMB 10 million (roughly $1.5 million). Su couldn’t afford it and chose to end his life instead.

Outraged netizens are crying foul against the romance frauds that have been running rampant across Chinese dating sites for years. The strict new rule of China’s Cyber Security Law enacted this June has required all social media services to implement real-name registration for users, but the system can still be bypassed. A reporter from local media The Beijing News used a photoshopped ID and photo to test the registration on Jiayuan.com and was approved within a few hours.

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Rita Liao

Telling the uncommon China stories through tech. I can be reached at ritacyliao [at] gmail [dot] com.