China will remove 25 Didi apps from its app store as the crackdown intensifies

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China will remove 25 Didi apps from its app store as the crackdown intensifies
The app logo of Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi is seen reflected on its navigation map displayed on a mobile phone on July 1, 2021. (Reuters/Florence Lo/Illustration)

BEIJING — China’s cyberspace administration announced on Friday that it would remove 25 mobile apps operated by Didi Global Inc. from app stores, as the government tightened its grip on the ride-hailing giant.

The apps in question used data illegally collected by Didi, including data for its delivery service, camera devices, and finance services, according to a statement from China’s Cyberspace Administration.

The cyberspace regulator ordered app stores to remove Didi’s main ride-hailing app last week, just days after Didi’s $4.4 billion IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.

It also told Didi to stop registering new users as it launched an investigation into the company, citing national security and public interest as justifications.

Didi shares fell by around 4% after the latest announcement on Friday, after previously rising by more than 9%.

Fears of a fallout from China’s increased scrutiny on domestic technology companies and firms listed abroad caused the company to lose about $21.5 billion in market value in three sessions this week.

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