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The death of Wephone's founder Su Xiangmao, 37, sparked online debate about whether dating sites are accountable for verifying users’ personal data.








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Su Xiangmao, 37, the founder of the Skype-like WePhone app, killed himself last Thursday and left a note accusing his ex-wife of lying when they met through jiayuan.com’s VIP service and blackmailing him when their one-month marriage ended. He said Zhai Xinxin had lied about her age, marital history and other details in her online profile.


Su, from Beijing, leaped to his death from an apartment building roof after uploading his suicide note to Google+.

In it, he claims Zhai, whom he had married after dating for two months, drove him to despair by demanding 10 million yuan from him in return for her silence over taxes she said he owed. He said WePhone would suspend its services after his death.

The suicide note has been widely circulated on China’s internet, topping the news search on Weibo on Wednesday.

In response to the tragedy, jiayuan.com issued a statement last weekend on its official Weibo account.

“After verifications, [we found that] the late WePhone founder Su Xiangmao and his ex-wife Zhai Xinxin are both jiayuan.com’s members and have completed real-name authentication respectively, ” the statement said.

“Jiayuan will closely watch the development of events and cooperate with related departments in investigations and evidence collection.”

The company did not say whether Zhai’s information had been found to be genuine or not.

Su Xianglong, the brother of Su, said on his verified Weibo account that Zhai had lied about her marriage history, while jiayuan had failed to verify her the information in her profile.

Jiayuan has more than 170 million registered users and 107 physical stores providing matchmaking services.


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China’s online dating market has been growing at a rapid pace. In 2016, the industry’s market size reached 3.4 billion yuan, almost tripling 2014’s 1.2 billion yuan, according to a recent estimate by private research firm Analysys International.

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He paid the ultimate price for marrying a fake online!  But it's a puzzle, why he had to commit suicide.  With his wealth, he could easily hire the best lawyer to sue his ex.

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pnp Post time: 2017-9-14 12:08
He paid the ultimate price for marrying a fake online!  But it's a puzzle, why he had to commit suic ...

I think that is also a promblem with of the Chinese singles, who lacks EQ but not IQ.

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Dated for two months and get married ? a bit rush .. isn't it ?
if they have more time to get to know each other and their families .. then they might make a wise choice ..

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This post was edited by pnp at 2017-9-14 15:49
Dracarys Post time: 2017-9-14 15:40
Dated for two months and get married ? a bit rush .. isn't it ?
if they have more time to get to kno ...

Chinese call it "lightning marriage"; very common in China, unfortunately.  That shows how desparate the Chinese are to get married. There is a social stigma against singlehood.

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