The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority mentioned it had issued notices to the businesses advising them to take away relationship companies and reasonable stay streaming content material on their apps. The businesses did not reply in time — therefore the block, the authority mentioned.
The watchdog added that it might “rethink” the block if the apps adhere to native legal guidelines and reasonable indecent and immoral content material.
Tinder and Grindr are in style in america and different Western international locations. However the relationship apps have far much less traction in deeply conservative, spiritual Pakistan.
Tinder was downloaded 440,000 instances in Pakistan within the final 12 months in comparison with 13 million instances in america throughout the identical interval, based on information analytics agency Sensor Tower.
Grindr — which describes itself as “the most important social networking app for homosexual, bi, trans, and queer individuals” — was downloaded 300,000 instances in Pakistan in comparison with practically 2 million in america within the final 12 months.
Tagged and SayHi had every been downloaded about 300,000 instances in Pakistan, and Skout 100,000 instances previously 12 months, based on Sensor Tower.
— Sophia Saifi contributed to this report.