KrASIA Weekly Roundup: Didi Chuxing allows drivers to view information about passenger’s appearance

Since May 12, Didi Chuxing has suspended its hitch service for a week.

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Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company, is facing public outrage as the death of a 21-year-old passenger sparked safety concerns.

The company’s night mode facial recognition failed to detect the culprit, who abused his father’s license as a Didi Chuxing driver.

According to a Chinese news service, Didi drivers could view information about passengers, including previous comments by Didi Drivers regarding passengers’ appearance.

Since May 12, Didi Chuxing has suspended its hitch service for a week.

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