ISLAMABAD (News Desk) – The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said that it sent notices to management of five dating apps over ‘indecent content’.
Pakistan has blocked Tinder, Grindr and three other dating apps for not following laws, its latest move to curb online platforms deemed to be disseminating “immoral content”.
Press Release: PTA has blocked access to five dating/live streaming applications i.e. Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi. pic.twitter.com/gFJxsgcn6m
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) September 1, 2020
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan, the second-largest Muslim-majority country in the world after Indonesia, is an Islamic nation where extra-marital relationships and homosexuality are illegal.
Earlier, the PTA said it has sent notices to the management of the 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 July, on the other hand, authorities issued a final warning to Chinese-owned social media app TikTok, ordering it to filter any obscene content.
The Muslim-majority country has several existing or proposed restrictions that target free speech, usually in the name of Islam or national security.