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September 4, 2020, 05.07 PM

KARACHI, – Pakistan has gone ahead in blocking dating apps such as Grindr and Tinder after they were deemed to be disseminating “immoral content”.

Grindr expressed its disappointment over the Pakistani government’s decision that called for the dating apps to be blocked this week.

Tagged, Skout, and SayHi were also among the apps that will soon be blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA).

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The PTA asked for the affected apps to moderate live-streamed content in accordance with local laws.

"We are deeply disappointed by the ... decision to ban Grindr and other dating apps that allow Pakistani citizens to connect with others on our platforms," Grindr's chief operating officer Rick Marini said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

He said the US-based company, which describes itself as the world's largest social networking app for gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, was "exploring ways that we can be of service to the LGBTQ community in the region".

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Pakistan, the second-largest Muslim-majority country in the world after Indonesia, is an Islamic nation where extra-marital relationships and homosexuality are illegal.

A recent clampdown on online content by the PTA has also seen warnings given to other major platforms.

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