Chinese social e-commerce platform Pinduoduo has vowed to protect consumers’ rights and cut down on fake goods by increasing its oversight of merchants on its platform, reports Chinese media.

The company will evaluate sellers through business operations appraisals, comments from users, and credit information from government sources. The new set of policies will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2019.

The company was not immediately available for an official response, but a member of its hotline staff confirmed to TechNode that the policy is now available to all storeowners within the Pinduoduo app.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen