According to an internal memo seen by Reuters, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding fired Zhao Yan, head of its fast-growing live broadcast department, for nepotism and accepting gifts.

This undated document was by Alibaba’s human resources department and published on the company’s internal staff website on June 29. He said that Zhao Guangyao was fired he used his position to help third-party live broadcast companies gain a favorable position on Alibaba’s main live broadcast platform Taobao Live. Streaming e-commerce.

The document also stated that Zhao helped his girlfriend get a high-paying job in a live broadcast company and accepted gifts from business partners. The document did not link these gifts with favorable positioning, and did not specify how to discover or investigate these allegations or when to fire Zhao.

An Alibaba spokesperson declined to comment.

Zhao did not respond to messages sent to his personal account on the Chinese social media site Weibo, and Reuters did not have phone contact information. Reuters could not determine whether Zhao has a legal representative.

Livestreaming is one of Alibaba’s fastest-growing business units. The company’s latest earnings report shows that during the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the gross merchandise volume (GMV) on Taobao’s live broadcast has doubled, which the company uses to track transactions the amount.

Monday’s dismissal was demoted a few months the company was downgraded. Jiang Fan is considered for the post of chief executive officer, and the case has sparked online debate about Alibaba’s broader influence in large-scale technology fields.

A person familiar with the matter said that speculation about Weibo’s relationship with a well-known social media influencer, according to internal sources, Jiang Zemin was demoted in April after an internal investigation into allegations of internal misconduct. Job. At the time, Jiang did not respond to a request for comment on his demotion, and Alibaba refused to let him be interviewed. He was to comment via social media messages on Thursday.

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Reuters’ internal memo to all employees at the time stated that Jiang’s demotion had caused a “serious crisis of public opinion and had a major impact on the company’s reputation.”

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