According to a report from Dawn, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), has decided to ban 5 dating/streaming apps in the country.
The reason being, they are ‘immoral, indecent’ accroding to them.
These apps include Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grindr and SayHi.
In a statement released on September 1, the PTA said:
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 moderate live streaming content in accordance with the local laws of Pakistan.
But then it added that the ban can be revoked if the management of these companies agree to adhere to the rules.
The move wasn’t appreciated by people who said that it is not the government’s place to decide what is moral and what is not.
Because consenting adults are not allowed to mingle and meet in any sort of public space in Pakistan. Even if it’s virtual. The sinister banality of a state meddling in every aspect of its citizens lives. https://t.co/LL0ITgwiRW
— Sophia Saifi (@SophiaSaifi) September 1, 2020
oh no. now where will men harass, annoy, stalk & cheat? oh right. every other platform ever. all PTA did is take *relatively* safer places for women & queer folks to interact with people they could actually choose https://t.co/irZHiRtFce
— Mehar (@curlistani) September 1, 2020