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Monday, 27 July 2020

Alibaba founder told to appear in Gurugram court

New Delhi, July 26

A Gurugram district court has summoned Alibaba and its founder Jack Ma on July 29, asking them to appear in court or through a lawyer, in a case in which a former employee in India says he was wrongfully fired after objecting to what he saw as censorship and fake news on company apps.

'Wrongful' sacking

  • An ex-employee said he was wrongfully fired after objecting to what he saw as censorship and fake news on its apps
  • He has alleged the company used to censor content seen as unfavourable to China and its apps UC Browser and UC News showcased fake news 'to cause social and political turmoil'

The case comes weeks after India cited security concerns in banning Alibaba's UC News, UC Browser and 57 other Chinese apps after a clash between the two countries' forces on their border. Following the ban, which China has criticised, India sought written answers from all affected companies, including whether they censored content or acted for any foreign government. In court filings dated July 20 and previously not reported, the former employee of Alibaba's UC Web, Pushpendra Singh Parmar, alleges the company used to censor content seen as unfavourable to China and its apps UC Browser and UC News showcased fake news "to cause social and political turmoil". — Reuters



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