The government said that “choose one” policy and others allowed Alibaba to bolster its position in the market and gain unfair competitive advantages.
In addition to the fine, which amounts to about 4% of the company’s 2019 revenue, regulators said Alibaba will have to file self-examination and compliance reports to the SAMR for three years.
The company said in a statement it accepted the penalty and will comply with the SAMR’s determination. Alibaba said it fully cooperated with the investigation, conducted a self-assessment and already implemented improvements to its internal systems.
“Alibaba would not have achieved our growth without sound government regulation and service, and the critical oversight, tolerance and support from all of our constituencies have been crucial to our development,” the company said.
The company added it will hold a conference call on Monday at 8 a.m. Hong Kong time to discuss the fine.
The announcement is the latest development in China’s crackdown on its technology companies . Regulators have been increasingly concerned about the power of China’s tech giants, particularly those who operate in the financial sector.
Much of that heightened scrutiny has sharpened around the business empire of billionaire Jack Ma , who founded both Alibaba and Ant Group.