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Why men and women can’t use Didi's carpool service after 8pm

Why men and women can’t use Didi's carpool service after 8pm
Didi introduced a range of safety measures after two murders involving its carpooling service last year. (Picture: Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Didi Chuxing will stop its carpooling service after 8pm for both men and women following a backlash on social media.

The service, called Hitch, was designed to match private car owners with commuters heading the same direction. It was suspended last year after two female passengers were raped and killed by their drivers in China, drawing accusations that the company wasn’t doing enough to protect women.

Didi announced this week that it’s relaunching the service in seven Chinese cities, but women could only catch rides before 8pm, while men could do so until 11pm. The measure prompted an outcry online, with some users decrying it as sexist and limiting for women.

The Beijing-based company apologized on Thursday, saying the move was intended to ensure a safe and good commuting experience.

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Panasonic won’t open Chinese battery plant for Tesla
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Tencent has a new Tinder clone for 'high quality socializing'
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Man sues NetEase after his friend sells a US$1.4 million game character for US$500
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The local court touted this case as an example of how judges can mediate cases remotely. (Picture: Sichuan High Court)

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Didi will soon roll out a self-driving taxi service in Shanghai
Didi will soon roll out a self-driving taxi service in Shanghai
Didi’s autonomous driving team is developing and testing self-driving vehicles in both China and the US, the company says. (Picture: Didi)

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The Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia has a brand new look
The Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia has a brand new look
The new Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia looks nothing like the one that launched in China earlier this year. (Picture: Vivo)

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The Three-Body Problem animation trailer is getting mixed reactions
The Three-Body Problem animation trailer is getting mixed reactions
Former US President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have both read The Three-Body Problem. (Picture: Bilibili)

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China says its first permanent space station will be ready by 2022
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