The Pakistani government has blocked Tinder, Grinder and three other dating apps, a recent move to block the online platform is seen as spreading “immoral content”.
Marital relations and homosexuality are illegal in Pakistan. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has said it has sent notices to the management of five apps “considering the negative effects of broadcasting immoral / obscene content”.
The PTA said the notices issued to Tender, Grinder, Tagged, Scout and Sehi sought removal of “dating services” in accordance with local laws and moderation in the content of the current series.
The regulator added that the companies did not respond to the notices within the stipulated time.
Data from analytics firm Sensor Tower shows that the tender has been downloaded more than 440,000 times in Pakistan in the last 12 months. During the same period, Grinder, Tag and Ink were downloaded about 300,000 times each and Scout 100,000 times each.
Critics say that using recent digital legislation, Pakistan has sought to restrict free speech on the Internet, blocking or removing content that is considered immoral, as well as ordering the government and military to do so. Criticized news is also demanded.
In July, Pakistan issued a “final warning” to Tick Tick on explicit content, which is why the current series Bug Live was blocked for 10 days.
In a recent meeting, Pakistani officials reiterated their concern to the authorities.
Last week, the PTA also told YouTube to “immediately stop obscene, immoral, immoral, nude and hate speech in Pakistan.”
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