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China tells e-commerce platforms to regulate promotional phone messages

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Alibaba Group is seen at its office in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's industry ministry on Tuesday said that it had told e-commerce giants Alibaba, JD.com and Pinduoduo to regulate their use of promotional phone messaging to users ahead of the annual June 18 shopping festival.

The directive, delivered during what the ministry said was a meeting on June 11, is the latest move in an ongoing regulatory clampdown on China's booming "platform economy".

(Reporting by Tony Munroe and Colin Qian; editing by Jason Neely)