Super messaging app WeChat has removed bike-rental firm Mobike from its in-app wallet feature, a significant source of users for the mobility firm, reports Chinese media.

“Riders can still access to Mobike’s services using WeChat’s QR code scanning function or by searching for the mini-program within the messaging platform,” a Mobike spokesperson told TechNode. The company said the removal is due to the expiry of a partnership between the two firms. The move increases barriers for WeChat users who want to access the mobility platform’s services.

The Chinese bike-rental startup signed a partnership with Tencent in March 2017, allowing riders to access its platform in WeChat’s wallet feature, known as WeChat Pay, our sister site TechNode Chinese reported at the time. Mobike was added to WeChat Pay’s interface as a third-party service. Still included are e-commerce giant JD’s marketplace and Didi’s ride-hailing platform, among others.

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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