Pakistan said on Tuesday it had banned Tinder, Grindr and three other dating apps because they did not comply with local laws. Reported that this is Pakistan’s latest move to curb the spread of “immoral content” of the online platform.
Pakistan is the world’s second-largest Muslim-majority country after Indonesia, and extramarital sex and homosexuality are considered illegal, the report said.
The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it had issued a notice to the management of the five apps “taking into account the negative impact of unethical/indecent content streams” requesting Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout and SayHi to remove “dating services” and to control live content in accordance with local law.
The telecommunications authority said the companies did not respond to the notice within the allotted time. Tinder, Tagged, Skout and Grindr did not immediately respond to requests for comment and SayHi could not be reached for comment, Reuters said.
Tinder has downloaded more than 440,000 times in Pakistan in the past 12 months, according to Sensor Tower, an analytics firm. During the same period, Grindr, Tagged and SayHi were downloaded about 300,000 times each, while Skout was downloaded 100,000 times.