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In depth: The brutal human cost of Pinduoduo's breakneck growth

Death of two employees raise concerns e-commerce company is exploitative

Chinese e-commerce upstart Pinduoduo is working hard to catch its larger rivals -- and drawing accusations that it is abusing employees in the process.   © Reuters

The recent deaths of two young employees of e-commerce upstart Pinduoduo 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 his death in his hometown of Changsha, the capital of Central China's Hunan Province.

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