Tesla China has filed a lawsuit against a local influencer blogger with 14 million followers for allegedly spreading false information about the Model 3. Tesla claims he simulated a Model 3 malfunction to create a related video claim.
Xiaogang Xuezhang is a car blogger, but what he said about Tesla was slander. So says the legal department, which filed the necessary documents with the court. Tesla has previously asked bloggers and social media influencers to refrain from posting defamatory and false information about Tesla vehicles without understanding the situation. Later, several bloggers publicly admitted that their statements were misleading.
Xiaogang Xuezhang made several Model 3 testing videos that are posted on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok. He is said to have posted two videos in April 2021 comparing the Tesla Model 3’s automatic emergency braking system to that of the XPeng P7, claiming that the Tesla vehicle’s emergency braking system failed twice, which was slanderous.
Xuezhang’s statement was disputed by some Tesla owners, who noted that the blogger may have deliberately stepped on the gas pedal. There is also evidence that he was engaged in black PR commissioned by Tesla competitors.