....not that I was an avid user anyway. But Jack Ma's disappearance, reported in the Guardian today, made me pause for thought. Let's hope that he is just voluntarily laying low and that there is nothing sinister afoot. However, it doesn't look good.
All the money and success in the world is worth little if you are not free to enjoy them. It's no wonder the founder of Bytedance is toeing the party line at the risk of limiting the success of his business overseas. Also, it adds an extra dimension to the argument about Huawei's 5G ambitions.
Speculation is mounting over the whereabouts of the Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, who has not been seen or heard in public for more than two months. Ma, the co-founder and former chairman of the technology firm Alibaba, has fallen out of favour with China’s leadership. In late October, he stood alongside senior officials and delivered a blunt speech criticising national regulators, reportedly infuriating China’s president, Xi Jinping. In the following months, regulators summoned Ma and other executives in for questioning and halted what would have been the world’s biggest share offering of his company, Ant Group. They later launched anti-monopoly investigations into Alibaba and its key competitor TenCent, and called Ant Group in for questioning. In late December, regulators ordered Ma to pare down his empire.