Alipay accused of ‘pimping’ with new social media
Alipay, China’s online payment system owned by e-commerce giant Alibaba, is accused of “pimping” after it introduced a new social networking feature that only enables female users to post photos or messages and earn rewards from their followers.
On two of its networking platforms targeting female students and white- collar women, many of the postings are erotic photos accompanied by sexual comments that are meant to attract tips from male followers.
Some users also used the platform to post advertisements.
In response to the criticism, Alipay issued a statement on its Weibo account explaining that the new feature is still in the testing stage.