WeChat, which boasts over 1 billion customers, and Alipay, which has over 900 million, are so-called super-apps. Which means customers can open and use different apps, like Didi, with out leaving Alipay or WeChat.
However the principle Didi service has been eliminated as a shortcut from WeChat and trying to find the app now not yields any outcomes.
In Alipay, which is run by Alibaba affiliate Ant Group, trying to find Didi additionally returned no outcomes.
If a consumer beforehand opened and used Didi inside Alipay or WeChat, or saved the Didi mini-program, they’ll nonetheless proceed to make use of the ride-hailing service throughout the super-apps.
Alipay and WeChat are important portals to attach providers with customers as a result of a person doesn’t have to obtain each app they wish to use. As a substitute, they’ll entry them by means of Alipay and WeChat — each apps have already got an enormous consumer base.
On Sunday, authorities ordered app shops in China to remove the ride-hailing service for download. Current customers can proceed to make use of the app.
WeChat and Alipay are usually not technically app shops. It is not clear how lengthy after the Sunday order from regulators that WeChat and Alipay eliminated the Didi mini-program from being searchable.
Didi, Tencent and Ant Group didn’t reply to a request for remark.