Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has defended itself against claims it tolerates the sale of fake goods on its Taobao platform.
The US clothing trade body American Apparel and Footwear Association has urged US trade officials to address Alibaba about Taobao, which it called “one of the biggest platforms for counterfeit goods worldwide”.
The Taobao platform connects mainly individual Chinese buyers and sellers.
Alibaba said it had been working with the AAFA since 2012 on ways to address the issue, including conducting random checks, using data-mining technology and offering an online complaint forum.
But the AAFA said the implementation has been “sluggish”, the Wall Street Journal reported. It said: “The slow pace has convinced us that Alibaba is either not capable of or interested in addressing this problem.”