China has reportedly charged Alibaba with $2.8 billion (18.2 billion yuan) fine, for violating China’s anti-monopoly law, as reported by The New York Times.
The Chinese government launched an investigation into Alibaba in December to determine whether the company was preventing merchants from selling their products on other platforms.
China’s market regulator found that Alibaba’s practices had a negative effect on online retail competition and innovation. Alibaba used data and algorithms to strengthen its own position in the marketplace, resulting in an improper competitive advantage, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement. The company will have to reduce its anti-competitive tactics and provide compliance reports to the government for the next three years.
In a statement Alibaba said that it accepted the fine and pledged to make improvements to better serve its responsibility to society. The company said: “We will further strengthen our focus on customer value creation and customer experience, as well as continuing to introduce measures to lower entry barriers and business costs of operating on our platforms. We are committed to ensuring an operating environment for our merchants and partners that is more open, more equitable, more efficient and more inclusive in sharing the fruits of growth.”