More than 35,000 hours of live video are now streamed on the service each day, and more than a million dollars in tips flow through its platform each month.
This growth is part of a broader boom in live streaming services.
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).
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.
These groups are run by Alipay’s business partners and have their own rules regarding which users are authorized to posts or comments, a company spokesperson noted. 28, Alipay introduced another 18 “Circles” groups, which don’t have female-only rules, via its official account on messaging app We Chat.
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.