Pakistan Bans Tinder And Other Dating Apps Over Immoral Content

It also blocked live-streaming app Bigo, issued a final warning to TikTok for obscene material and banned the PUBG gaming app in June.

Jessica David

September 2, 2020

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On Tuesday (August 1), Pakistan’s telecom watchdog blocked five online dating and live-streaming applications, including Tinder, for allegedly showing “immoral content.” The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said in a statement that the action was taken against Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi after they failed to take down the improper material. It said that the apps were asked to remove “dating services” and moderate live-streaming content “in accordance with the local laws of Pakistan” but they ignored the warning.

“Since the platforms did not respond to the notices within the stipulated time, therefore the authorities issued orders for blocking of the said applications,” the regulator said. However, the PTA said it would reconsider blocking of the apps if their companies committed to following the laws of the country and moderated the “indecent content.” The PTA regularly takes action against sites for showing “immoral content,” It also takes action on complaints by the public against apps and websites.

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