The brutal human cost of Pinduoduo's breakneck expansion

The logo of Chinese online group discounter Pinduoduo is seen next to its mobile phone app in this illustration picture taken July 17, 2018.
The logo of Chinese online group discounter Pinduoduo is seen next to its mobile phone app in this illustration picture taken July 17, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) - The recent deaths of two young employees of e-commerce upstart Pinduoduo Inc have raised concerns that the company may be exploiting its employees at the expense of their health, deepening criticism of the Chinese tech sector's punishing work culture.

In January, an engineer surnamed Tan who worked in Shanghai for Pinduoduo's recently established payment service Duoduo Wallet, jumped to death in his hometown of Changsha, the capital of Central China's Hunan province.

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