Pakistanis React to PTA Banning Tinder
In a recent decision, the PTA banned Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, and Skout, citing that they contained "immoral content" for Pakistanis.
In a recent decision, the PTA banned Tinder and 4 other dating apps, citing that they contained “immoral content” for Pakistanis.
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
The PTA said “keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming through the above applications”, it had issued notices to the five platforms’ managements, asking them to remove “dating services” and moderate live streaming content “in accordance with the local laws of Pakistan”.
“Since the platforms did not respond to the notices within the stipulated time therefore the authority issued orders for blocking of the said applications,” the press release stated.
It added, however, 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”.
Shahzad Ahmad, director of digital rights group Bytes For All, slammed the PTA for their decision of moral policing the people of Pakistan. “If adults choose to be on an app, it is not for the state to dictate whether they should use it or not.”
He added that the ban was “a completely ridiculous move” that people would find ways to circumvent.
In a statement, Tinder said it would “welcome the opportunity to discuss our product and moderation efforts with the [PTA] and look forward to a meaningful conversation.”
Pakistanis also reacted to the news of PTA banning Tinder via social media.
Me: 'Dammit, they banned Tinder'
Friend: 'Oh no, who will you never match with now?'
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) September 1, 2020
PTA can ban Tinder but can't ban this stupid hashtag "#کافر_کافر_شیعہ_کافر"
Shias aren't Kafirs! The ones tweeting for this hashtag are!
Need justification? See the attached photo! pic.twitter.com/jLZ6bmTcsH
— Fahad Khan (@MrFahadKhan) September 2, 2020
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK YOU HAD WITH TINDER? LIKE YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT MORALS? FREE CORRUPTION, FREE RAPE COUNTRY. YOU HAD THE AUDACITY TO BAN TINDER ON MORAL GROUNDS ? YOU? WHO GIVE FREE PASS TO RAPISTS, CORRUPTS, KILLERS & ELECT THEM IN YOUR HOLY ASSEMBLY? YOU MORAL PAKISTAN. pic.twitter.com/33bow6YacZ
— MaalKin (@8picy) September 1, 2020
Following Tinder's ban in Pk, govt to launch a localised version of the dating app called Askari Pinder Plus— App's passport feature, matching the likes of the country, to remain shoddy. New signups must refuse to recognise Israel & detest Ahmedis, before any love-making ensues+
— Ainee Shahid (@NargisiKoftaay) August 30, 2020
ahahha paki men saying "zina ka platform band hogaya" about tinder ban as if they don't already use Twitter and Facebook to send unsolicited sleazy msgs and dick pics to unsuspecting girls
— Ser Oreo Maqbool (@SerBrownLegend) September 1, 2020
How do you feel about the PTA banning Tinder for Pakistanis for “immoral content”? Are they right or are their priorities mixed up? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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