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Tinder, Four Other Online Dating and streaming Apps Blocked by PTA in Pakistan

Tinder has been unaccessible in Pakistan since the past weekend and users across social media have reported being unable to use the app, which is mainly used for online dating and networking. PTA refused to confirm whether the app had been officially blocked in the country until Tuesday afternoon.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked access to five dating and live streaming applications in Pakistan, namely Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi, according to a statement issued by the telecom authority.

“Keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming through the above applications, PTA issued notices to the management of above mentioned platforms for the purpose of removing dating services and to moderate live streaming content in accordance with the local laws of Pakistan,” read a press release issued by the authority.

“Since the platforms did not respond to the notices within the stipulated time therefore the Authority issued orders for blocking of the said applications.”

“PTA can, however, reconsider blocking of the said applications provided management of the companies assures adherence to the local laws with respect to moderating the indecent/immoral content through meaningful engagement.”

The latest round of blocks comes in the wake of PTA blocking streaming app Bigo earlier in July due to “complaints of immoral, obscene and vulgar content”. TikTok had been served a warning on similar grounds.

Meanwhile, Tinder is still available to download on app stores, but is not working within Pakistan. Most users reported server connection and login-related issues. New users are also unable to sign up.

Downdetector, which provides a realtime overview of issues and outage on digital services, shows the app being reported unavailable in major cities — Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad — with only limited, localised outages elsewhere in the world.

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