China’s legislative body passed the country’s first e-commerce law on August 31 to “protect legal rights of all parties” and “maintain the market order”, with a focus on consumers’ rights. Xinhua is publishing regular updates about the law with the latest about how e-commerce platforms can’t delete negative reviews on its products or it can face fines up to RMB 500,000.

The law differentiates different e-commerce operators such as merchants on e-commerce platforms and those who operate the business on their independent websites, from Taobao to people who sell products on the social network WeChat.

Although the law states it is set to protect legal rights of all parties, according to state media, Yin Zhongqing, a lawmaker, said at a press conference Friday that the law puts more emphasis on the obligations and responsibilities of the e-commerce platforms, who are more advantaged than consumers.

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Jiefei Liu

Jiefei Liu is a Beijing based tech reporter. She focuses on the union of tech and content creation and loves agriculture. You can write to her at Jiefei@technode.com