H&M has been ousted by major e-commerce and service apps in China following a moratorium by the Communist Party’s organization for a statement expressing “deep concern” over allegations of forced labor in Xinjiang’s cotton industry.
On Thursday morning, a search for “H&M” yielded zero results on e-commerce platforms, including Alibaba’s Taobao, JD.com and Map apps from Pinduoduo, Meituan’s store-listing app Dianping, Tencent and Baidu, China’s leading online platforms.
The Swedish clothing giant has pulled out its statement that was originally published on its website last year.
On Wednesday, the Communist Youth League, a youth division of the party known for online campaigns, accused H&M of spreading rumors about the rights situation in Xinjiang on the microblogging platform Weibo.
The social media post sparked widespread outrage on the Chinese Internet and was liked 383,000 times within a day.
The Chinese government says it operates a “vocational education training center” in Xinjiang, home to a largely Muslim Uygar ethnic minority group, as part of its counter-terrorism efforts.
This is a developing story.