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Mar 27, 2017 04:15 AM
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Alibaba Sweeps Out Taobao Pirates, But Fakes Remain in the Cracks

Zheng Junfang, Alibaba's chief platform governance officer, speaks at the Alibaba 2017 annual anti-counterfeiting work exchange, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Feb. 27, 2017. Photo: IC
Zheng Junfang, Alibaba's chief platform governance officer, speaks at the Alibaba 2017 annual anti-counterfeiting work exchange, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Feb. 27, 2017. Photo: IC

(Beijing) – A quick search suggests glaringly fake, incredibly inexpensive "Rolex" watches and "Louis Vuitton" handbags have finally vanished from Taobao, the Alibaba-owned website that dominates online retailing in China.

Alibaba, it seems, has made good on a promise to sweep Taobao clean of counterfeits, including fake luxury products.

Alibaba ramped up a long-running, anti-piracy campaign in December after Taobao was slammed as a knockoff platform in an annual Notorious Markets report issued by the American government's U.S. Trade Representative. The company is also getting pressure from the Chinese government to clean up its act.

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