Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked access to five dating/live streaming applications including Tinder, Tagged, Skout, Grinder, and SayHi, the authority announced on Twitter.
Because of the negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming through the above applications, PTA issued notices to the management of the above-mentioned platforms to remove dating services and moderate live streaming content following local laws of Pakistan, PTA said in a press release.
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
Since the platforms did not respond to the notices within the stipulated time therefore the Authority issued orders for blocking of the said applications.
PTA can, however, reconsider blocking of the said applications provided management of the companies assures adherence to the local laws concerning moderating the indecent/immoral content through meaningful engagement.
Earlier, PTA issued a warning to Chinese-owned social media app TikTok to clamp down on what it called “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content on the video-sharing platform.
However, in September last year, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) declared that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is not empowered to block any website in violation of the due process and without hearing the viewpoint of the other party.
News Source: Express Tribune