Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, which plans to relaunch its carpool service suspended after a woman was murdered by her driver a year ago, reversed a decision on Thursday to allow late rides for male passengers only.
The murders sparked outrage from the public and prompted regulators to launch an industry-wide crackdown aimed at improving safety in the ride-hailing industry.
Meanwhile, Mexico City will become the third in the country to welcome Didi's food delivery business - Didi Food - after Guadalajara and Monterrey, the company announced Tuesday.
The trial will start with trips within 50 km in downtown areas between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. for male users.
A day later, Didi said in a statement that it would standardize operating hours from 5 a.m.to 8 p.m. for all users, thanking netizens for their feedback. Didi is also piloting a women's safety program which is expected to be introduced to other services of the company too.
Context: Didi has faced scrutiny in the past for allowing sexist practices to creep into its services.
But Didi was forced to backtrack within hours after large numbers of social media users said the operating hours discriminated against women, for instance by heavy-handedly restricting female customers' access to the platform, treating all female customers as possible victims of aggression, and shifting the responsibility for protecting their safety back into the hands of drivers who are often men.