Earlier in the week, when chatter started on social media that dating apps like Tinder might be down and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was behind it, we didn’t pay much heed to it.
We’re still in the middle of a global pandemic and at the moment, reeling from the devastating aftermath of the monsoon season on Sindh so clearly we have bigger problems to deal with.
But a statement from the PTA has indeed confirmed the news and left Pakistani adults ticked off as their banning spree continues (remember when they went after PUBG?).
Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi have all been blocked in the country due to the “negative effects of immoral/indecent content” found on them.
However, the statement added that the PTA can “reconsider blocking” of the said applications provided their company managements assure adherence to local laws “with respect to moderating the indecent/immoral content through meaningful engagement” and asked them to remove “dating services”. Don’t know how they expect dating apps to remove dating services but okay…
You can imagine how this did not go down well on Twitter.