China regulator to launch campaign to clean up e-commerce, online ads

By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities will launch a campaign to clean up e-commerce – targeting trademark violations, counterfeit and poor quality products and the faking of transactions to boost a merchant's online rankings, the official People's Daily said. It did not name any specific companies but the move has the potential to affect internet firms such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , JD.com Inc and Baidu Inc . The campaign by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce will run from May to November, the paper said.

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