She said those groups in “Circles” sent the wrong signal to users, and made her colleagues doubt the company’s culture.Peng vowed to shut down any “Circles” groups with suggestive messages and close user accounts for good once they post seductive images.But as the “White Collar Diary” group shows, as a guy, I’m not allowed to post in it, no matter what my job is: The college group “Campus Diary,” which has been viewed by more than 14 million people within 24 hours of its launch, also allows only female users to post.Any users can “praise” or “tip” under their posts after joining the group, though.Wang also posted a picture captioned 支付鸨, or Zhifubao, a play on words using Alipay’s Chinese name, which literally translates into “pay the pimp.” The post has attracted more than 140,000 “likes.” Wang’s comments sound extreme, but there’s some sense to them.
The three controversial groups that only let women post also set a common threshold for commentators: Only those with “Sesame Credit scores” of 750 and above are allowed to write comments under the posts in the groups.
So what’s drawing millions of Chinese users to Alipay’s new service? Photos of scantily clad women showing their cleavage—accompanied by text asking male users for tips, chats, or booty calls—flooded these groups within hours after its launch, Chinese tech media reported (link in Chinese). 28 statement on Weibo (link in Chinese, registration required) that the new service is still in the testing stage and vowed to crack down on “harmful” information.
While some posts in “Circles” showed scantily clad women on Nov.
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.