Dating Apps: Pakistan Bans Five Dating Apps Including Tinder And Grindr – Latest News
Pakistan, the second largest Muslim-majority country in the world after Indonesia, is an Islamic nation where extramarital affairs and homosexuality are illegal.
The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it has sent notices to the management of the five apps, “taking into account the negative effects of transmitting immoral / indecent content.”
The PTA said that the notices issued to Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout and SayHi sought the removal of “dating services” and the moderation of live streaming content in accordance with local laws.
The companies did not respond to the notices within the stipulated time, the regulator added.
Tinder, Tagged, Skout, and Grindr did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reuters could not reach SayHi for comment.
Tinder, a globally popular dating app, is owned by Match Group, while Tagged and Skout are owned by Meet Group.
Grindr, which describes itself as a social media and online dating app for LGBT people, was licensed to be sold by a Chinese company this year to an investment group called San Vicente Acquisition for $ 620 million.
Data from analytics firm Sensor Tower shows that Tinder has been downloaded more than 440,000 times in Pakistan in the past 12 months. Grindr, Tagged, and SayHi had each been downloaded about 300,000 times and Skout 100,000 times in that same period.
Critics say that Pakistan, using recent digital legislation, has tried to control freedom of expression on the Internet, blocking or ordering the removal of content deemed immoral, as well as news critical of the government and the military.
In July, Pakistan issued a “final warning” to short-form video app TikTok about explicit content posted on the platform, while live streaming app Bigo Live was blocked for 10 days for the same reason.
Pakistani authorities reiterated that concern to TikTok officials in a recent meeting.
Last week, the PTA also asked the video-sharing platform YouTube to “immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nudity, and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan.”
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