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In China, Conversations in Taxis Are Monitored

A netizen recently shared an experience on a social media platform in China regarding a Beijing taxi ride — there was a notice posted in the taxi indicating that all conversations would  be recorded. The notice included a line of text saying “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is good” (probably as a reminder to the passengers not to criticize the CCP).

This incident sparked discussions among internet users. Some mentioned that taxis in many cities are conducting full-trip video recording. Some cited instances where verbal altercations between passenger and driver led to later driver reprimands.

In September 2018, Didi, China’s largest ride-hailing car servicer, announced that it would implement “safety reforms” under government pressure. China’s Ministry of Transportation led a joint investigation into Didi involving 10 departments of the government, including the CCP Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission and the Ministry of Public Security. Soon after, Didi began rolling out full-trip recording functionality for its ride-hailing service.

Source: Aboluo, November 11, 2023