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Pakistan bans Tinder and Grindr for ‘immoral content’


Tinder, Grindr, and three different dating apps have been banned in Pakistan for spreading”immoral content”.

The government issued notices to Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout, and SayHi to ban the dating apps. Extra-marital relationships and homosexuality are illegal in Pakistan, the second-largest Muslim-majority country in the world.

The country’s internet regulator stated the businesses had not responded to it within the agreed time.

A Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) spokesman told BBC Urdu that in the end, the decision had been made to deliver the management of these platforms into a “moral and legal realm”.

The watchdog has stated, however, that it might rethink the action if the apps agree to moderate what it views to be unethical and obscene materials on their platforms.

A Tinder spokeswoman stated it invests important resources into monitoring and removing inappropriate content material.

she stated, “We welcome the opportunity to discuss our product and efforts with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and look forward to a meaningful conversation.”

Grindr, Tagged and Skout didn’t instantly respond to requests for comment. Reuters news company and the BBC were unable to contact SayHi for comment.

Data from analytics agency Sensor Tower signifies Tinder has been downloaded more than 440,000 times in Pakistan throughout the last 12 months. Grindr, Tagged and SayHi had each been downloaded about 300,000 times and Skout 100,000 times in that very same period, Reuters reported.

Critics say Pakistan has sought to rein in free expression on the web, blocking or ordering the removal of content material deemed immoral as well as news critical of the government.

“These latest blocks reveal that the government is ramping up its efforts to control the flow of ideas on the internet,” Ray Walsh, a digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy, mentioned.

“Pakistani residents are highly used to harsh levels of censorship to stop users from accessing immoral or indecent content, extra-marital affairs are also not legal, dating sites or dating applications are now being aimed as the government feels these could be fuelled by online dating apps”.

Recently In July, Pakistan issued a “final warning” to TikTok overexpress content material posted on the platform. The Government also thinks of banned access to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Last week, the PTA also requested the video-sharing platform YouTube to “immediately ban vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan”.

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