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Didi taxi driver in China suspended for live-streaming conversations with flight attendant passengers

Women were unaware that the driver was also an online host who was broadcasting their conversations to thousands of his followers

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 August, 2016, 3:31pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 August, 2016, 3:31pm

A driver registered with the taxi-hailing app Didi was suspended for secretly live streaming his conversations with flight attendant passengers, The Beijing Times reports.

A flight attendant surnamed Li booked a Didi cab after work and was picked up in a Ford Edge SUV at midnight on Saturday.

The driver, surnamed Kong, asked her to sit in the front because he said there were parcels on the rear seats.

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During the drive, Kong led Li to talk about her private life and work, without telling her that he was live streaming their conversation, the report said.

When Li found that Kong had been secretly filming her, she contacted some of her friends to argue with Kong, who didn’t respond but continued to live stream their quarrel.

Li complained to Didi after the incident.

Kong, according to the report, is a signed host on a live streaming platform. He has live streamed late night conversations with flight attendants for about a year.

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Kong said he put his mobile in the middle of windshield and used the platform’s mobile application for streaming in his car. He admitted that he didn’t tell passengers of streaming in advance but said what he had filmed was just normal conversations, not harassment.

“All the talking is for the show, to have some fun. I say more words, but no abnormal activity takes place,” Kong was quoted as saying.

According to the report, Kong’s live-streamed chats with Li on Saturday attracted about 180,000 viewers, much more than his usual audience of 30,000 people.

Jiang Jian, a Beijing lawyer, told the Times that Kong had invaded Li’s privacy and that both Didi and Kong’s live streaming platform should be held responsible.