Alibaba has been tenacious in spearheading its forays into the social networking sector, where its arch competitor Tencent still rules. The e-commerce giant has added lots of social networking features to the recent updates of Alipay in hopes of capitalizing on the huge user base of the payment app.

However, it seems that the users weren’t quite happy about Alibaba’s endeavors in turning a payment tool into a social networking app. “Quanzi”, an interest-based community function in Alipay’s most recent update, version 9.9.7, has now been accused of pimping as erotic photos run rampant in the app.

In some aspects, Quanzi resembles WeChat’s Moments feature, allowing users to post photos and short videos in a rolling news feed. Users can interact with “Likes”, comment, and send up to 200 RMB (29 USD) as tips to the content creators they like. Commenting is only open to users who has higher than 750 points on Alibaba’s credit-scoring system Sesame Credit.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.