The e-commerce company JD.com Inc. has asked the government to investigate Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. over charges it disturbed market order in the run-up to the big "Double 11" sales day in November.
JD.com said on social media on November 3 it had complained to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). It said merchants complained that Alibaba informed them that if they take part in the November 11 sales event on its Tmall.com website that they could not take part in promotions on other sites.
JD.com said in the post on the popular WeChat mobile application that Alibaba also threatened further punishments to merchants who did not listen, but it did not detail those threats.
JD.com complained that this behavior hurt the interests of consumers and merchants.