Matchmaking company policies questioned in suicide

Hu Yijing China Plus Published: 2017-09-12 16:22:16
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The family of a suicide victim is raising questions about the policies of a Chinese match-making website in relation to their son's death, reports the Beijing News.

Su Xiangmao, founder of Wephone, jumped to his death on September 7, 2017. [File Photo: thepaper.cn]

Su Xiangmao, founder of Wephone, jumped to his death on September 7, 2017. [File Photo: thepaper.cn]

The founder of a popular app took his own life on September 7th. Two days later, the man's family claimed the woman he had recently divorced was attempting to extort him for 100-million yuan and a property in Hainan.

The couple were only married for one month.

The photo shows Su Xiangmao's ex-wife. The couple were only married for one month. [File Photo: thepaper.cn]

The photo shows Su Xiangmao's ex-wife. The couple were only married for one month. [File Photo: thepaper.cn]

Relatives of the victim are now suggesting the match-making website could be to blame for not forcing the woman to verify on her match-making profile that she had previously been married. It's being suggested the man may have taken his own life over the grief of falling into a possible marriage scam.

The site, jiayuan.com, doesn't require real-name authentications.

A screenshot of Jiayuan's official website, www.jiayuan.com.[Screenshot: jiayuan.com]

A screenshot of Jiayuan's official website, www.jiayuan.com.[Screenshot: jiayuan.com]

Responding to the complaints, the company says it is paying "close attention to the incident."

The report in the Beijing News is alleging the company has been the subject of numerous complaints, with users alleging scams.

No official investigations are known to be underway in connection with this incident or any other complaints against jiayuan.com.

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