Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday, reportedly banned access to five virtual dating mobile applications, including Tinder, Grindr and three others for not adhering to local laws and providing immoral contents.
Meanwhile, the ban immediately took over Twitter with netizens sarcastically asking about, “What will happen to the married men?”
What elite married men will do now without Tinder in Pakistan? khair elite hain they will find other ways to cheat on their wives.
— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) September 1, 2020
No one is more upset about tinder being blocked in Pakistan than married men 😔
— 🌸ملیحہ🌸 (@theD_inDNA) August 30, 2020
Apparently #tinder has been banned in Pakistan. It’s a sad day for the bald men of this country.
— Raza Ahmad (@razaahmad) August 31, 2020
Can’t believe they banned tinder in Pakistan. How am I going to go on dates with men who tell me they thought I was a lesbian because I’m too confident to be straight now?
— nodairyplz (@nodairyplz) August 30, 2020
In a press release, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said it had issued notices to the management of five apps – Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi – to restrict dating services and to curb live streaming content in accordance with the local laws of the country.
On failing to respond to the notices, PTA issued the order for prohibiting the applications.
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
However, Tinder did not immediately return a request for comment.
The PTA said that the mobile applications could request to have their blocks lifted only if they show they are “moderating the indecent/immoral content through meaningful engagement.”
The regulator, though, did not specify what exactly the term engagement meant in the statement.
Last week, the PTA also asked YouTube to block all the objectionable videos from the platform.