Speaking at a hearing on counterfeiting and trademarks, a U.S. congressman said e-commerce platforms in the U.S. are lagging behind China’s Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) when it comes to preventing counterfeit activities — according to the South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba.

“We learned Alibaba’s anti-counterfeiting policies and programs are significantly more effective than any of their U.S. counterparts,” said Doug Collins, a Republican congressman from Georgia and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. He was speaking at a recent round table with brand owners and platforms.

In a statement submitted for the hearing, International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition president Robert Barchiesi, who was serving as a witness, said the coalition has been “greatly pleased by the progress Alibaba has shown during the past five years,” saying the company has been responsive to concerns from stakeholders and proactively enforced measures while using platform data to work with law enforcement to tackle counterfeiting offline.

These opinions run counter to those of the U.S. Trade Representative which last year included Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace on its “notorious markets” blacklist for the second year in a row — much to Alibaba’s public consternation. 

Founded in 2003, Taobao was long known as a “wild west” of counterfeit goods, dubious medical products, and fake listings, alongside more traditional individual and small business merchants.

Taobao has 448 million active users. Annual active consumers on the platform increased by 27 million in the 12-month period ended September 2017. Mobile users are driving this growth, as the Taobao brand moves away from its no-frills EBay-esque origins and toward a content-led and mobile-friendly experience; featuring user-created videos and celebrity “influence leaders.”

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