Regulators view Didi’s decision to go public despite pushback from the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) as a challenge to Beijing’s authority, the report quoted sources as saying.
Didi did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Its shares dropped 7 per cent on Thursday.
The CAC last week said officials from at least seven departments sent on-site teams to conduct a cybersecurity review of Didi.
Regulators are weighing a range of potential punishments, including a fine, suspension of certain operations or the introduction of a state-owned investor for Didi, according to Bloomberg News.
Earlier this month, the CAC launched a data-related cybersecurity probe into Didi just two days after the company raised US$4.4-billion from its New York initial public offering.
Regulators also ordered Didi to remove its apps in China, which Didi said might hurt its revenue.
Didi, which is also backed by technology investment giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Uber Technologies Inc., was founded in 2012 by Cheng Wei as Didi Dache, a taxi-hailing app. It merged with peer Kuaidi Dache to become Didi Kuaidi and was later renamed Didi Chuxing.
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