Another incident is shaking up China’s ride-hailing industry after multiple ride-sharing drivers were caught live-streaming themselves and even harassing their female passengers. Since the discovery, several live streaming platforms have announced tightening streaming rules.

News of drivers live-streaming passengers on popular Chinese streaming site Huya without their knowledge broke out on August 29. The news came only several days after China was shaken by a rape and murder of a young woman by a driver who picked her up through ride-hailing platform Didi Chuxing’s carpooling service. The murder, which was the second one on Didi’s platform in only three months brought China’s ride-sharing and ride-hailing industry under close attention by the authorities.

The drivers—suspected of belonging to the carpooling service of a smaller-scale Didi competitor Dida Chuxing—exhibited disturbing behavior such as allowing audiences to choose their next fare based on user profile photos and directly harassing women with vulgar language in order to boost their popularity

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.