Pakistan said on Tuesday it has blocked Tinder, Grindr and three other dating apps for not adhering to native laws, its latest move to curb online platforms deemed to be disseminating “immoral satisfied”.
Pakistan, the second one largest Muslim-majority country on the earth after Indonesia, is an Islamic nation where extra-marital relationships and homosexuality are unlawful.
The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it has sent notices to the management of the five apps, “keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent satisfied streaming.”
PTA said the notices issued to Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout and SayHi sought the removal of “dating services and products” and moderation of live streaming satisfied in accordance with native laws.
The companies did not respond to the notices inside the stipulated time, the regulator added.
Tinder, Tagged, Skout and Grindr did not immediately respond to requests for remark. Reuters was once unable to contact SayHi for remark.
Tinder, a globally popular dating app, is owned by Match Group <MTCH.O> while Tagged and Skout are owned by the Meet Group <MEET.O>.
Grindr, which describes itself as a social networking and online dating application for LGBT people, was once cleared to be sold by a Chinese company this year to an investor group called San Vicente Acquisition for $620 million.
Data from analytics firm Sensor Tower shows Tinder has been downloaded more than 440,000 times in Pakistan inside the final 12 months. Grindr, Tagged and SayHi had each and every been downloaded approximately 300,000 times and Skout 100,000 times in that same period.
Critics say Pakistan, the usage of recent digital legislation, has sought to rein in free expression on the web, blocking or ordering the removal of satisfied deemed immoral in addition to news critical of the government and military.
In July, Pakistan issued a “last warning” to short-form video app TikTok over explicit satisfied posted on the platform, while live streaming app Bigo Live was once blocked for 10 days for a similar reason.
Pakistani authorities reiterated that concern to TikTok officials in a recent assembly.
Final week, PTA also asked video-sharing platform YouTube to “immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech satisfied for viewing in Pakistan”.
(Extra reporting by Umar Farooq in Islamabad; editing by Mark Heinrich)