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PUBLISHED TUE, MAR 16 20217:56 AM EDTUPDATED TUE, MAR 16 20215:50 PM EDT
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  • Alibaba’s “UC Browser” has been removed from several app stores in China.
  • It comes a day after President Xi Jinping said Beijing’s crackdown on large technology firms was just beginning.
  • Alibaba’s browser has been removed from app stores operated by Huawei and Xiaomi.
Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, speaks during his visit at the Vivatech startups and innovation fair, in Paris on May 16, 2019.

Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, speaks during his visit at the Vivatech startups and innovation fair, in Paris on May 16, 2019.
Philippe Lopez | AFP | Getty Images
Alibaba’s internet browser has been removed from several app stores in China as the company’s feud with the Chinese government continues.
Android app stores including those operated by Huawei and Xiaomi have blocked downloads or removed Alibaba’s “UC Browser,” according to Huawei and Xiaomi phone owners who spoke to CNBC.

However, one Samsung phone owner in China said they could still see the browser in Samsung’s app store. The UC Browser is also still available on Apple’s App Store.
The news was first reported by The Financial Times.
It comes after the UC Browser was criticized on a TV show, broadcast by state-owned broadcaster CCTV, about misleading online medical advertising.
The show accused the browser of allowing private hospitals to bid for the names of China’s best known hospitals in keyword searches. Thus potentially luring patients to their websites instead of the public hospitals they are supposed to visit.
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A spokesperson from Alibaba’s UC Browser team told CNBC: “We attach high importance to problems shown in the show, and quickly conducted a series of measures to check and correct.”

They said the “illegal ad contents” that was referred to in the CCTV show had been removed immediately.
“We will further enhance content review and shoulder more responsibility, and provide good info services with stricter standards,” they added.
It comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that Beijing’s crackdown on large technology firms was just beginning. “Some platform companies’ development is not standard and risks exist,” Xi said in an address to China’s top economic committee, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
Regulators blocked the $37 billion IPO of Alibaba’s financial technology affiliate Ant Group last November and Jack Ma, Alibaba’s founder and the richest person in China, has hardly been seen in public since.

 

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PUBLISHED TUE, MAR 16 20217:56 AM EDTUPDATED TUE, MAR 16 20215:50 PM EDT
Sam Shead@SAM_L_SHEAD
SHAREShare Article via FacebookShare Article via TwitterShare Article via LinkedInShare Article via Email
KEY POINTS
  • Alibaba’s “UC Browser” has been removed from several app stores in China.
  • It comes a day after President Xi Jinping said Beijing’s crackdown on large technology firms was just beginning.
  • Alibaba’s browser has been removed from app stores operated by Huawei and Xiaomi.
Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, speaks during his visit at the Vivatech startups and innovation fair, in Paris on May 16, 2019.

Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, speaks during his visit at the Vivatech startups and innovation fair, in Paris on May 16, 2019.
Philippe Lopez | AFP | Getty Images
Alibaba’s internet browser has been removed from several app stores in China as the company’s feud with the Chinese government continues.
Android app stores including those operated by Huawei and Xiaomi have blocked downloads or removed Alibaba’s “UC Browser,” according to Huawei and Xiaomi phone owners who spoke to CNBC.

However, one Samsung phone owner in China said they could still see the browser in Samsung’s app store. The UC Browser is also still available on Apple’s App Store.
The news was first reported by The Financial Times.
It comes after the UC Browser was criticized on a TV show, broadcast by state-owned broadcaster CCTV, about misleading online medical advertising.
The show accused the browser of allowing private hospitals to bid for the names of China’s best known hospitals in keyword searches. Thus potentially luring patients to their websites instead of the public hospitals they are supposed to visit.
WATCH NOW
VIDEO03:05
‘People’s billionaire’ Jack Ma resurfaces after Chinese government crackdown on his business empire

A spokesperson from Alibaba’s UC Browser team told CNBC: “We attach high importance to problems shown in the show, and quickly conducted a series of measures to check and correct.”

They said the “illegal ad contents” that was referred to in the CCTV show had been removed immediately.
“We will further enhance content review and shoulder more responsibility, and provide good info services with stricter standards,” they added.
It comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that Beijing’s crackdown on large technology firms was just beginning. “Some platform companies’ development is not standard and risks exist,” Xi said in an address to China’s top economic committee, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
Regulators blocked the $37 billion IPO of Alibaba’s financial technology affiliate Ant Group last November and Jack Ma, Alibaba’s founder and the richest person in China, has hardly been seen in public since.

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Ma is getting deleted just like the HNA guy was
Ma can still be a billionare for the rest of life, maybe do charity or whatever. But as he step over the line, his influence as a public figure is basically over. And the message is clear that it is ok to do business and succeed, but if you want to project capital power into public domain, your are done.
 

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Emperor Xi wants no one to be able to speak or influence policy only the emperor.
 

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Ma can still be a billionare for the rest of life, maybe do charity or whatever. But as he step over the line, his influence as a public figure is basically over. And the message is clear that it is ok to do business and succeed, but if you want to project capital power into public domain, your are done.
For the uninitiated, could you please explain what he did exactly that earned the wrath of the government?
 

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This is what happens in China to people who try to be gigantic stooges of the white masters, unlike the pathetic sitting in Pakistan Establishment. GOOD ON CHINA !
 

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For the uninitiated, could you please explain what he did exactly that earned the wrath of the government?
He was discussing a more flexible financial policy in a conference; that caught the ire of the central bank. They dont want anyone saying anything against govt policy. Xi is paranoid of anything that is against govt narrative he will strip you naked.

That is why you see the wumao brigade on this forum going after anything non Xi sponsored. How long will they silence? We thought the same for the Soviet Union; it collapsed. Eventually these communists will be purged by their own. The way they have kept going is by keeping people stomach's fed. Once people grow up and want a voice in their lifes, you see these communists true snakes come up.
 
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