PAKISTAN BLOCKS FIVE DATING APPS FOR SPREADING ‘IMMORAL CONTENT’


03/09/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- On Tuesday, Pakistan has blocked five dating apps, including Tinder and Grindr, for not compatible to local laws, the country’s latest move to curb online platforms which are assumed to be spreading “immoral content.”

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it has notified the managements of the five apps, “keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming.”

The government blocked the Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout, and SayHi, after the companies failed to respond PTA’s notices, which seeking the removal of their “dating services” within the stipulated deadline.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority announced the block order in a press release posted on its official Twitter account. However, the announcement did not include any information about the duration of the ban. Instead, it is noted that it will reconsider its decision “provided management of the companies assures adherence to the local laws.”

Extra-marital relationships and homosexuality is forbidden by the law in Pakistan, the second largest Muslim-majority country in the world.  The Islamic nation is well-known for its draconian censorship precaution.

The Pakistani government had decided to ban Google for 3 years. Google created a different version of Youtube to lift the 3-years ban. In the separated version, government officials were allowed to request that certain content be blocked in the country.

In July, the government issued a “final notice” to TikTok, the video sharing app, for purportedly encouraging “immoral, obscene and vulgar content.”


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