The wallet app, owned by Alibaba’s financial spinoff Ant Financial, publicly launched a new social media service called “Circles” on Nov. The “Circles” are social or interest groups that work like Instagram, with users sharing their photos or videos publicly with group members, with a big difference: In some of the most popular groups, only women can write posts and put up personal media.
“The past two days were the saddest moment since I came to Alipay seven years ago,” Peng, also co-founder of Alibaba, wrote in the opening of the letter.
28, most are now safe for work, Quartz observed Nov. Still, male commentators on the posts were definitely thinking about sex anyway, writing things like “Hook up? Reaction to the new feature in China has been scathing.
Alipay has turned into a brothel, Wang Sicong, internet celebrity and son of property tycoon Wang Jianlin, said on Weibo (link in Chinese, registration required).
As Quartz reported previously, Sesame Credit is one of China’s internet-based credit rating systems, which is licensed by the government, but run by Alipay.
It is also essentially a loyalty program to online shopping giant Alibaba, because users’ scores go up if they pay or transfer money via Alipay frequently.