Pakistan mentioned on Tuesday it has blocked Tinder, Grindr and three different courting apps for not adhering to native legal guidelines, its newest transfer to curb on-line platforms deemed to be disseminating “immoral content”.
Pakistan, the second largest Muslim-majority nation on this planet after Indonesia, is an Islamic nation the place extra-marital relationships and homosexuality are unlawful.
The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority mentioned it has despatched notices to the administration of the 5 apps, “keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming.”
PTA mentioned the notices issued to Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout, and SayHi sought the elimination of “dating services” and moderation of reside streaming content material in accordance with native legal guidelines.
The firms didn’t reply to the notices throughout the stipulated time, the regulator added.
Tinder, Tagged, Skout and Grindr didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Reuters was unable to contact SayHi for remark.
Tinder, a globally fashionable courting app, is owned by Match whereas Tagged and Skout are owned by the Meet.
Grindr, which describes itself as a social networking and on-line courting utility for LGBT folks, was cleared to be bought by a Chinese firm this yr to an investor group known as San Vicente Acquisition for $620 million (roughly Rs. 4,528 crores).
Data from analytics agency Sensor Tower reveals Tinder has been downloaded greater than 440,000 instances in Pakistan throughout the final 12 months. Grindr, Tagged and SayHi had every been downloaded about 300,000 instances and Skout 100,000 instances in that very same interval.
Critics say Pakistan, utilizing latest digital laws, has sought to rein in free expression on the web, blocking or ordering the elimination of content material deemed immoral in addition to information important of the federal government and army.
In July, Pakistan issued a “final warning” to short-form video app TikTok over express content material posted on the platform, whereas reside streaming app Bigo Live was blocked for 10 days for a similar cause.
Pakistani authorities reiterated that concern to TikTok officers in a latest assembly.
Last week, PTA additionally requested video-sharing platform YouTube to “immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan”.
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