Pakistan’s government has blocked Grindr and Tinder along with three other dating apps. It says the platforms are promoting “immoral content“.
In Pakistan extramarital relationships and homosexuality are illegal. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it has sent notices to the management of five apps, “keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming”.
PTA said the notices issued to Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout and SayHi sought the removal of “dating services” and 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.
In Pakistan, Grindr has been downloaded about 300,000 times in the last twelve months while Tinder has topped 440,000 times.