flood-battered central Henan province, Tencent Holdings, rescue information templates, ByteDance, TikTok, Kuaishou, Meituan, Didi Chuxing, government cybersecurity investigation, include cash donations, Alibaba Group Holding

Chinese technology platforms are turning into a powerful lifeline for people seeking help in flood-battered central Henan province, where at least 33 people are confirmed dead and 1.2 million people have been displaced as a result of the region’s torrential rainfall.

One of the platforms gaining the most attention is Tencent Docs, the social media giant’s answer to Google Docs, which is blocked in China. A spreadsheet on the platform created by a user named Manto on Tuesday night had gone viral by the following day, becoming a destination for crowdsourced information about people who need help and where they can seek it.

By Wednesday night, the spreadsheet had been viewed more than 2.5 million times, with more than 20,000 edits, according to Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings, which said it had become the most-viewed Tencent Docs file ever. More than 1,800 similar documents had also been created by that evening using rescue information templates from the Tencent Docs team, the company said.

Manto’s spreadsheet, which was not created from a template, started out as a simple list of contact information for people who had been trapped by heavy rainfall and were calling for help. Other volunteer users quickly joined to help verify the information in the spreadsheet and then updated it with the contact information of rescue teams.

As more volunteers contributed, the spreadsheet became populated with even more helpful information: a list of safe havens where victims could seek refuge, guidelines for pregnant women about to give birth, locations where people could charge their smartphones, and where to get psychological counselling.

Once victims received help and transferred to a safe location, their information was crossed out. Collaborators also created an English tab within the spreadsheet for people who do not speak Chinese.

Other internet platforms have also been quick to offer their own solutions to help users provide information related to the flood.

Beijing-based ByteDance started channels to help victims on its short video app Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, and news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, where users can submit posts and videos asking for help.

The Douyin help channel asks users to submit information such as name, contact information, location and the type of help they need. Users can upload videos and photos, as well.

Dahe Daily, a state-owned newspaper in Henan capital Zhengzhou, started an ongoing live-streaming session on the platform showing the progress of the rescue process.

Similarly, Kuaishou, the country’s second-largest short-video platform, opened its own channels that offer information on how to get help, rescue efforts, the latest news and fact checking.

Both Douyin and Kuaishou include a variety of content with the latest updates about the flooded areas, including informative videos about where to get food and clean drinking water.

Food delivery giant Meituan is also helping out. Employees at its 20,000 community group buying locations in Zhengzhou have been tasked with offering help to victims, the company said on Wednesday. People with elderly family members living alone were encouraged to contact the head of the company’s nearest community group buying station.

Meituan has also suspended charges for its power bank sharing stations, allowing users to pick up a power bank for free to charge their devices. The company pledged to subsidise hotels listed on its platform that are offering help to victims, as well.

Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, currently undergoing a government cybersecurity investigation, said it had paused normal services in Zhengzhou to protect the safety of its users and drivers. The company said it organised a rescue motorcade under the dispatch of the local rescue department.

The rush to help from China’s Big Tech companies comes as the sector is under tight scrutiny by both Beijing and society at large. Tech firms have been accused of putting profits before social responsibility.

Their relief efforts include cash donations, with China’s largest tech companies, including Tencent and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, announcing donations amounting to nearly 1 billion yuan (US$154.4 million).

Individually, South China Morning Post owner Alibaba announced a 100 million yuan donation. Its fintech affiliate Ant Group also said it would give 100 million yuan to the province, and the philanthropic foundation of both companies’ founder Jack Ma pledged 50 million yuan.

Tencent, ByteDance, Meituan and discount e-commerce company Pinduoduo also said they were each giving 100 million yuan to relief efforts, according to separate company statements on Wednesday.


Japan travel news, japan travel guides, japan holiday destinations and japan reviews

LATEST NEWS

NEWS RELATED

Beijing summons Alibaba, Tencent, ByteDance, 9 other tech firms over data security concerns

The Cybersecurity Bureau under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has summoned 12 major Chinese technology companies, including Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent Holdings and ByteDance, to lecture them about improvements in their operations to comply with the country’s Data Security Law. The MIIT said it delivered instructions from…

Read more: Beijing summons Alibaba, Tencent, ByteDance, 9 other tech firms over data security concerns

ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming retreats from corporate roles as firm’s IPO plan remains in limbo

ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming, the Chinese entrepreneur who is one of the world’s wealthiest billionaires under 40, has resigned as legal representative of at least three affiliated companies, months after announcing he would step down as chief executive of the country’s biggest tech unicorn at the end of this year.…

Read more: ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming retreats from corporate roles as firm’s IPO plan remains in limbo

Hong Kong’s US$700 billion July market sell-off evokes memories of China’s 2015 stocks rout

Cathie Wood’s US$25.5 billion flagship investment fund began 2021 as one of the most enthusiastic, and biggest portfolio investors of Chinese technology companies listed in Hong Kong and the United States. As June turned into July, enthusiasm dissipated into wariness. Didi Global’s US$4.4 billion New York initial public offering (IPO)…

Read more: Hong Kong’s US$700 billion July market sell-off evokes memories of China’s 2015 stocks rout

Speculation over whether Alibaba will re-enter music streaming gains traction after Tencent loses exclusive rights

A subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding has applied for a slew of trademarks for its now-defunct music streaming service, fanning speculation about whether the e-commerce giant will re-enter music streaming after Beijing forced Tencent Holdings to relinquish its exclusive licensing deals. Alibaba Singapore Holding has filed dozens of applications beginning…

Read more: Speculation over whether Alibaba will re-enter music streaming gains traction after Tencent loses exclusive rights

Why the end of Tencent’s exclusive music deals not the panacea for China’s smaller music-streaming apps

Small operators of music-streaming apps in China will soon be able to offer some of the most popular tracks that were controlled for a long time by Tencent Holdings, but analysts said these firms still face an uphill battle to challenge the internet giant in this market. On Saturday, China’s…

Read more: Why the end of Tencent’s exclusive music deals not the panacea for China’s smaller music-streaming apps

China’s tech giants go on hiring spree for fresh graduates despite Beijing’s crackdown on the sector

Four of China’s biggest technology titans have each kicked off massive recruitment drives on thousands of college campuses across China, despite Beijing authorities’ historic crackdown on the sector that continues to disrupt business. In the past two months, TikTok owner ByteDance, on-demand delivery service Meituan and e-commerce giants JD.com and…

Read more: China’s tech giants go on hiring spree for fresh graduates despite Beijing’s crackdown on the sector

Didi and Luckin’s New York debacles shed light on corporate liability insurance as shield against class action lawsuits

Didi Global’s New York listing debacle is shedding light on a little-known area of insurance that protects corporate directors and officers (D&O) from legal liability, as a number of law firms are soliciting shareholders to sign up for class-action lawsuits in US courts. Class action suits related to the securities…

Read more: Didi and Luckin’s New York debacles shed light on corporate liability insurance as shield against class action lawsuits

Apple supplier Foxconn puts Zhengzhou workers on leave amid worst flooding in Henan province in a century

Foxconn Technology Group has given tens of thousands of workers a day off at two of its three major factories in Zhengzhou, as industries count the costs of disruptions from the catastrophic flooding in central Henan province. Workers at Foxconn plants in Zhongmu county and the Zhengzhou Export Processing Zone…

Read more: Apple supplier Foxconn puts Zhengzhou workers on leave amid worst flooding in Henan province in a century

China semiconductors: Tsinghua Unigroup seeks white knight for massive bailout

Forbes China names Alibaba founder Jack Ma country’s most generous entrepreneur in 2020, as tech giants top charity list

Floods in central China: Alibaba, Tencent, ByteDance and Meituan rush to donate to relief efforts

E-commerce giant Alibaba kicks off ‘largest ever’ recruitment drive for new graduates

Debt-saddled Tsinghua Unigroup to turn from top buyer to big seller of semiconductor assets

China’s crackdown on its internet giants fuels demand for its onshore tech stocks

China Continent Insurance expands animal coverage amid booming pet economy expected to reach US$73 billion by 2023

Beijing’s crackdown spells tough times for Tencent-backed Yuanfudao, other off-campus tutoring providers

OTHER NEWS