Earlier in the week, Pakistan decided to stay true to its name: Pak, as in holy, pure. It decided that apps that catered to dating such as Tinder, Grindr, SayHi, Tagged and Skout were immoral avenues and needed to be shunted out or blocked access to. Pakistani netizens, not new to ban fatwas, say they didn't pay much heed to it, initially. Their thoughts were: we are still in the middle of a global pandemic and at the moment, reeling from the devastating aftermath of the monsoon season on Sindh and therefore, clearly, we have bigger problems to deal with. That's when the Pakistani Twitterati poured out its angst right there on the popular social media site. One popular Twitter handle, who found this as an interference in the lives of consenting adults, asked Pakistan to rein in the Moulvi-culture that legitimised rape and also to take a hard look at the inbreeding that was hurting the health of the Pakistani stock.
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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. Tinder, Tagged, Skout and Grindr did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reuters was unable to contact SayHi for comment. Data from analytics firm Sensor Tower shows Tinder has been downloaded more than , times in Pakistan within the last 12 months. Grindr, Tagged and SayHi had each been downloaded about , times and Skout , times in that same period. Critics say Pakistan, using recent digital legislation, has sought to rein in free expression on the internet, blocking or ordering the removal of content deemed immoral as well as news critical of the government and military.
Pakistan bans five dating apps including Tinder and Grindr
Pakistan has blocked access to multiple dating apps, including Tinder and Grindr, in a bid to restrict "immoral" and "indecent" content. Pakistan has blocked several dating apps, including Tinder and Grindr, in a bid to restrict "immoral" and "indecent" content, authorities said on Monday. Read more: Pakistani women break dating taboos on Tinder. Pakistan is the second-largest Muslim-majority state in the world.