Three departments hold Internet platform enterprise administrative guidance meeting

On April 13, the State Administration for Market Regulation, together with the Central Cyberspace Administration of China and the State Administration of Taxation, held an administrative guidance meeting for Internet platform enterprises. The meeting implemented the deployment of the Central Economic Work Conference and the Ninth Meeting of the Central Financial and Economic Commission, affirmed the positive role of the platform economy, analyzed the outstanding problems, demanded that the warning role of the Ali case be brought into full play, and clearly stated that Internet platform companies should know how to respect and obey the rules. We will comprehensively rectify the problem within a time limit and establish a new order for the platform economy.

The meeting pointed out that the overall situation of my country’s platform economy is improving. However, in the rapid development, risks and hidden dangers are gradually accumulating, and the harm cannot be ignored, and it is imperative to regulate according to the law. Forcing the implementation of “choose one of two”, abusing market dominance, implementing “pinching mergers and acquisitions”, burning money to seize the “community group buying” market, implementing “big data killing”, ignoring counterfeiting, information leakage, and tax-related illegal acts, etc. The problem must be dealt with seriously. Among them, the problem of forced implementation of “choose one from two” is particularly prominent, which is a prominent reflection of the willful and disorderly expansion of capital in the platform economy, and it is a blatant trampling and destruction of the market competition order. Forcing the implementation of “choose one from two” behaviors to limit market competition, curb innovation and development, and harm the interests of operators and consumers on the platform is extremely harmful and must be resolutely eradicated.

In response to the forced implementation of “choose one from two” and other outstanding issues, the meeting clearly stated that platform companies should grasp the right direction, enhance their sense of responsibility, adhere to the priority of national interests, adhere to laws and regulations, adhere to fulfilling social responsibilities, and achieve “five strict precautions” “and “five guarantees”: strictly prevent disorderly expansion of capital to ensure economic and social security; strictly prevent disorderly monopoly to ensure fair market competition; strictly prevent technological stifling to ensure innovation and development of the industry; strictly prevent the abuse of rules and algorithms to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of all parties; strictly prevent systemic Closed to ensure ecological openness and sharing. All platform enterprises should comprehensively investigate tax-related issues in accordance with tax laws, regulations, policies and systems, and take the initiative to conduct self-examination and self-correction.

The meeting required that all platform companies should conduct comprehensive self-inspection and self-inspection within one month, make thorough rectifications one by one, and disclose the “Commitment to Operation in Compliance with Laws” to the public to accept social supervision. The market supervision department will organize a follow-up inspection of the rectification of the platform. After the rectification period, if a platform company is found to be forcing the implementation of “choose one from two” and other illegal acts, they will be punished severely and severely in accordance with the law.

The meeting emphasized that the policy bottom line cannot be crossed, and the legal red line cannot be touched. Strengthening the normative governance of platform companies’ violations of laws and regulations does not mean that the state’s attitude to support and encourage the platform economy has changed, but it must adhere to the “two unswervingly”, respect the laws of platform economic development, and further leverage the platform economy. It plays an important role in establishing a new platform economy order featuring fair competition, innovative development, openness and sharing, safety and harmony, and promotes the realization of more dynamic platform enterprises, more convenient and high-quality online consumption, and a more prosperous and orderly platform economy.

iQIYI, Baidu, Shell Fangfang, Didi, Dangdang, Duodan, JD.com, Kuaishou, Meituan, Daily Youxian, Qihoo 360, Qunar, Sogou, Weidian, 58.com, Sina Weibo , ByteDance, Bilibili, Dingdong Shopping, Ele.me, Gome, Hema Xiansheng, Pinduoduo, Ctrip, Xiaohongshu, Reading, Suning.com, Ali, Beibei.com, Mogujie, Netease (Strictly selected), Yunji, Vipshop, Tencent and other 34 Internet platform enterprises representatives, as well as relevant persons in charge of market supervision bureaus in Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Shenzhen and other places attended the meeting.

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