China bans gay dating app Grindr citing national law on security

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2/27/22

China has banned the gay dating app ‘Grindr’ which is popular among networking apps among the circles of the LGBTQ community across the globe. The removal came as a part of the clean-up campaign during the Lunar New Year holidays in late January this year. Sources say the location-based dating app started disappearing from several app stores available in China after its cyberspace authority launched an internet clean-up campaign to ensure a “healthy, festive and auspicious online environment”. The app was removed from Apple’s I-store in the last week of January while Grindr users in China kept on complaining about failures in sending and receiving messages and loading pictures on the app. The Cyberspace Administration of China removed the dating platform two days after it announced the renewal of a month-long round of campaigns conducted by the police over what it considers illegal and inappropriate content.

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