Wed­nes­day Ali­pay ac­cused of ‘pimp­ing’ with new so­cial me­dia

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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. (Photo 4)

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