China: Sina Weibo kicks out executive in charge of public relations for taking bribes

Mao Taotao, former senior public relations director at Sina Weibo, one of the most popular social media platforms in China, was fired and blocked from future employment, as he was detained by police on suspicion of accepting bribes and committing fraud, Sina said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mao was suspected of taking advantages of his position in accepting bribes, placing him in direct conflict of Sina’s commercial interests, the Beijing Daily reported on Tuesday, citing a statement issued by Sina’s human resources department.

In addition to Mao’s fraud, a growing number of corruption cases across the internet industry have accelerated the anti-corruption process, the reported on Tuesday.

Zhao Danyang, a former vice-president at Kuaishou, was arrested for alleged corruption in February, while several other cases involving a number of tech companies were reported this year.

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