State media outlet Global Times has said that the authorities in Shanghai were investigating the app's local operations.We Chat, which has about one billion monthly active users, is a popular portal for online services in China and the removal cuts off a major user-acquisition channel for Seeking Arrangement.BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's top social media app We Chat has removed "sugar daddy" dating website Seeking Arrangement from its platform, after a recent surge in the popularity of the US-founded service attracted scrutiny from state media.A money-for-love dating platform, launched in the United States in 2006, Seeking Arrangement puts young women in touch with rich older men.It took just three days to become the top most downloaded free social networking app for i OS users in the country.
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Anyone can join the dating site to create a free account. Sugar daddies must pay to have a gold account in order to make contact with other users.
Sugar babies are able to use the website for free as to attract more sugar daddies.
Tencent and Seeking Arrangement in China did not respond to a requests for comment.
The move highlights the mounting censorship and regulatory pressure on social media websites in China to create wholesome online communities and crack down on content that is explicit or runs counter to the Communist Party line.
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