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Sudden Death of 22-Year-Old at China’s Largest E-commerce Platform Stirs Criticism From Netizens

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Sudden Death of 22-Year-Old at China’s Largest E-commerce Platform Stirs Criticism From Netizens

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A 22-year-old female worker of Pinduoduo, a large mainland Chinese e-commerce company currently listed on the Nasdaq, who died suddenly after finishing work late at night, has drawn nationwide attention to the company’s workplace policies, and criticism of its online response. News of the employee’s sudden death circulated online since her death on Dec. 29. Pinduoduo issued a statement confirming the matter almost one week later on Jan. 4. The company said that the deceased employee with the surname Zhang was born in 1998 and joined the company in July 2019. She suddenly collapsed on the way home with her colleagues at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2020, and was sent to the hospital. She died within 6 hours and was cremated on Jan. 3. According to Chinese media reports, the deceased was an employee of Pinduoduo’s “Duoduo grocery” business in Xinjiang, helping people buy and deliver groceries. “Duoduo grocery” …

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