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In case you’ve never heard of it, Seeking Arrangement, founded in 2006 by Singapore-born, MIT-graduate Brandon Wade is the the world’s premier “Sugar Daddy” dating site, claiming to have 10 million active members across 139 different countries with four “sugar babies” for every one “sugar daddy/momma.”While the app’s business plan has often been criticized in countries around the world for exploiting young, naive women and for being little more than a prostitution service, Seeking Arrangement claims that it is merely helping its users form “balanced” relationships on their own terms: published an article warning its readers that the infamous app had arrived in China, reporting that the company had been registered in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone in 2015 and had launched a Chinese website and app (甜蜜定制).
While the tabloid’s warning achieved much the opposite of its intended effect, with Chinese web users rushing to download the app, it seems unlikely that Seeking Arrangement’s success will last long, considering Chinese censors’ attitudes towards sex and social media.
With her audience base, she could have asked for 800,000 yuan (8,694) — more than the cost of a Porsche — from advertisers for a native advertisement in the top column.
“Many We Chat articles feed into readers’ anxiety about work, parenting, and relationships,” said Lǐ Shuǎng 李爽, a researcher at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism of Columbia University.
Part of the problem is, misinformation is profitable.
The 23-year-old Li updated We Chat as soon as she received a notification for 7.0 in December.In an apparent attempt to win over China’s Net Nanny, the company has rephrased things a bit for its Chinese app, replacing “sugar daddy” with “successful man/woman” and “sugar baby” with “charming sweetheart.”An anonymous worker at the company told that Seeking Arrangement’s Chinese website and app are designed as a “premium platform that functions like any other legal dating site in China,” with the only difference being that SA targets “successful men of high quality and fine taste.”The worker added that the company manually screens words like “sugar daddy” or “sex-for-cash” on member profiles in China, trying to distance itself from charges of prostitution.“Our Chinese product is exclusively developed for the local market and would definitely abide by the law here,” the worker insisted.Meanwhile, on the front page of Seeking Arrangement’s Chinese website there’s a notice that reads: “SA’s Chinese version is an absolutely independent brand… SA Chinese will continue to build a high quality space for high quality people!“Recommended articles by friends have an extra layer of credibility,” Li Shuang said.That layer of credibility, in the new Top Stories section, has been removed.
But Wow does not operate in the same way: Articles that are “Wow’ed” get filtered into a new section called Top Stories, which is viewable by everybody. “Before the update, ‘Like’ didn’t really have a presence: nothing happens if you click it,” Gāo Xīnlíng 高馨凌, a social media executive at international digital agency The Egg, said.