Pinduoduo, which grew to challenge e-commerce incumbents Alibaba and JD.com in China, is the subject of controversy after the death of a 22-year-old employee, renewing conversations about the tech industry’s brutal “996” work schedule. Photo: AFP Pinduoduo, which grew to challenge e-commerce incumbents Alibaba and JD.com in China, is the subject of controversy after the death of a 22-year-old employee, renewing conversations about the tech industry’s brutal “996” work schedule. Photo: AFP
Pinduoduo, which grew to challenge e-commerce incumbents Alibaba and JD.com in China, is the subject of controversy after the death of a 22-year-old employee, renewing conversations about the tech industry’s brutal “996” work schedule. Photo: AFP

Pinduoduo

Death of 22-year-old Pinduoduo employee renews controversy over China’s 996 overwork culture, sparking an investigation

  • News of a Pinduoduo employee’s death went viral online as netizens connected it to the Chinese tech industry’s brutal ‘996’ work schedule
  • The e-commerce company did not mention the employee’s long working hours, but Shanghai authorities opened an investigation into the company’s labour conditions

Topic |   Pinduoduo
Pinduoduo, which grew to challenge e-commerce incumbents Alibaba and JD.com in China, is the subject of controversy after the death of a 22-year-old employee, renewing conversations about the tech industry’s brutal “996” work schedule. Photo: AFP Pinduoduo, which grew to challenge e-commerce incumbents Alibaba and JD.com in China, is the subject of controversy after the death of a 22-year-old employee, renewing conversations about the tech industry’s brutal “996” work schedule. Photo: AFP
Pinduoduo, which grew to challenge e-commerce incumbents Alibaba and JD.com in China, is the subject of controversy after the death of a 22-year-old employee, renewing conversations about the tech industry’s brutal “996” work schedule. Photo: AFP
READ FULL ARTICLE