The mini-programs in WeChat and Alipay provided users with access to services without having to download Apps. Under normal circumstances, this would be convenient for both users and service providers, but when these mini-programs are not available, it can also have an impact on the operators' business.
The mini-program of Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing company, is not available in WeChat and Alipay, the latest setback for the company.
Only the Didi Chuxing mini program for the ride-hailing business was removed, but other mini-programs of the company, including those offering car-pooling services, are still searchable.
If users have used the WeChat Didi Chuxing mini-program before, it will still appear in the history of the mini-program and can continue to be used. Two Didi ride-hailing platform sources said that the company did not internally notify the staff about the mini-program being taken offline in WeChat and Alipay, according to LatePost.
On June 30, Didi Chuxing, which was founded nine years ago, was officially listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
However, on July 2, China's Network Security Review Office announced the launch of a network security review of Didi Chuxing. At the same time, Didi stopped new user registration during the review period in order to cooperate with the network security review and prevent the expansion of risks.
In the evening of July 4, the State Internet Information Office notified app stores to take down the Didi Chuxing App.