Pakistan bans dating apps Tinder and Grindr over ‘immoral’ content

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Pakistan on Tuesday blocked access to five dating and live streaming mobile applications, including Tinder and Grindr, over the “negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming through the applications.”

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said it had issued notices to Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi to remove dating services and to moderate live streaming content. 

“Since the platforms did not respond to the notices within the stipulated time, therefore, the Authority issued orders for blocking of the said applications,” reads an announcement by PTA, also posted on Twitter. 

PTA added it can reconsider the move if the management of the companies adhere to local laws, and moderate the “indecent/immoral” content through “meaningful engagement.”

Prior to the move to ban the dating apps and social media platforms, PTA had also issued warning notices to TikTok and YouTube over explicit and vulgar content.

 



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