FILE PHOTO: The logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016.

Didi Chuxing suspended its carpool service in China after a murder

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Didi Hitch is being suspended across China for a week, following the murder of a 21-year-old passenger by the son of a registered Didi driver.

Published   |  Photo by Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016.
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The murder, committed with an unspecified weapon, occurred on May 5. A flight attendant referred to only as “Ms. Li” was hailing a ride home from Zhengzhou Airport in Henan Province.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016.
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Authorities are still searching for the driver, Liu Zhenhua, who was using his father’s Didi account.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016.
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Didi has issued a public apology for the incident, stating that its facial recognition software failed to detect the suspect and prevent him from using the app.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016.
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The driver’s account also had a prior sexual harassment complaint logged against it. However, the driver wasn’t contacted and the account’s access was ultimately left unrestricted.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016.
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Didi issued a statement to TechCrunch noting a “special task force” is working with law enforcement: “The murderer needs to be brought to justice; and Ms Li and her family deserve a just answer.”

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016.
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Didi’s much larger Didi Express service won’t be affected by the shutdown. Backed by SoftBank, the company, became China’s dominant ride-hailing service after defeating and partnering with rival Uber.

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