Pakistan bans 5 dating apps including ‘Tinder’ over ‘immoral content’

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Published: September 2,2020 04:03 PM
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September 2, 2020: Pakistan’s government has banned Tinder, Grindr and three other dating apps, its latest move to curb online platforms deemed to be disseminating “immoral content “

September 2, 2020: Pakistan’s government has banned Tinder, Grindr and three other dating apps, its latest move to curb online platforms deemed to be disseminating “immoral content “citing “negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming through the applications.”



The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in its press release, said it had issued notices to the management of five apps– Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi– to remove dating services and to moderate live streaming content in accordance with the local laws of Pakistan.





On failing to respond to the notices, the authority has issued the order for blocking the five applications.





While Tinder, Skout, Grindr are online dating platforms, Tagged, a subsidiary of Hi5, and SayHi, are social networking platforms.



Pakistan, the second largest Muslim-majority country in the world after Indonesia, is an Islamic nation where extra-marital relationships and homosexuality are illegal.





In July, Pakistan issued a "final warning" to short-form video app TikTok over 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.