China Wants to Split Up Ant Group’s Alipay App

Published September 13th, 2021 - 09:00 GMT
China Wants to Split Up Ant Group’s Alipay App
The 1 billion user app owned by Jack Ma’s Ant Group, Alipay. (Shutterstock)
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This comes as part of the Chinese regulators' crackdown on monopoly.

China is reportedly planning to split up Ant Group’s Alipay to create a separate app for China's biggest payments app, the Financial Times reported Monday.

This comes as part of the Chinese regulators' crackdown on monopoly.

The 1 billion user app owned by Jack Ma’s Ant Group, Alipay, is expected to be separated into an independent app and that would result in delivering any user data underpinning loan decisions to a partly state-owned new credit scoring joint venture.

Alipay Jack Ma

Ant Group has been under authorities' fires for a while now as it looks like they want to break up Jack Ma's business empire.

Back in April, China slapped a record 18 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) fine on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Saturday, after an anti-monopoly probe found the e-commerce giant had abused its dominant market position for several years, Albawaba reported.

As soon as the news broke, Shares in Chinese technology giant Alibaba have plummeted 4.17%. Since the start of the year, Alibaba shares have fallen more than 27%.

 


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