Pakistan blocks five dating apps including Tinder and Grindr

first_imgPakistan said on Tuesday it has blocked Tinder, Grindr and three other dating apps for not adhering to local laws, its latest move to curb online platforms deemed to be disseminating “immoral content”.Pakistan, the second largest Muslim-majority country in the world after Indonesia, is an Islamic nation where extra-marital relationships and homosexuality are illegal.The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it has sent notices to the management of the five apps, “keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming.” PTA said the notices issued to Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout and SayHi sought the removal of “dating services” and moderation of live streaming content in accordance with local laws.The companies did not respond to the notices within the stipulated time, the regulator added.Tinder, Tagged, Skout and Grindr did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reuters was unable to contact SayHi for comment.Tinder, a globally popular dating app, is owned by Match Group while Tagged and Skout are owned by the Meet Group. Grindr, which describes itself as a social networking and online dating application for LGBT people, was cleared to be sold by a Chinese company this year to an investor group called San Vicente Acquisition for $620 million.Data from analytics firm Sensor Tower shows Tinder has been downloaded more than 440,000 times in Pakistan within the last 12 months. Grindr, Tagged and SayHi had each been downloaded about 300,000 times and Skout 100,000 times in that same period.Critics say Pakistan, using recent digital legislation, has sought to rein in free expression on the internet, blocking or ordering the removal of content deemed immoral as well as news critical of the government and military.In July, Pakistan issued a “final warning” to short-form video app TikTok over explicit content posted on the platform, while live streaming app Bigo Live was blocked for 10 days for the same reason.Pakistani authorities reiterated that concern to TikTok officials in a recent meeting.Last week, PTA also asked video-sharing platform YouTube to “immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to Arsenal hero Ian Wright telling him to ‘sign da ting’

first_imgIt did not take long for Aubameyang to respond, posting a string of smiley faces and laughing emojis.Aubameyang’s latest post is not the first time he has got Arsenal fans excited that he may be staying at the Emirates, having also ‘liked’ a social media post begging him to sign and tweeting a picture of an hour glass emoji.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalOn Thursday evening, meanwhile, he went on Instagram Live with his brother Willy and said: ‘Guys, have a good night, enjoy and hopefully great news for everybody.’Aubameyang’s proposed new deal would make him the second highest paid player at the club behind only Mesut Ozil, with Arteta keen to build his attack around the goalscorer after he hit 22 goals in 36 Premier League appearances last season.MORE: Arsenal set to seal Gabriel transfer as he completes medical despite Manchester United interestMORE: Willian pleads with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal and help challenge for Premier League titlesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Gunners’ top scorer is widely expected to commit to a new contract (Pictures: Getty / Twitter)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to tease the possibility he will sign a new contract with Arsenal, this time responding to a plea from Gunners legend Ian Wright.The 31-year-old, who was once again the north London club’s top scorer last season, has less than a year remaining on his current contract which is due to expire in the summer of 2021.It had been suggested that Aubameyang would be sold if he did not agree fresh terms, but Mikel Arteta persuaded the club to offer his star striker the bumper £300,000-a-week deal he wanted. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to Arsenal legend Ian Wright telling him to ‘sign da ting’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Aug 2020 11:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.9kShares Advertisement Advertisement Aubameyang is believed to have agreed fresh terms with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)An official announcement on Aubameyang’s extension is expected early next week, though the Gabon international has been dropping plenty of hints on social media in the meantime.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough all parties are on the same page, Arsenal fans are still holding their breath for the star to put pen to paper – even club icon Ian Wright.The former Gunners striker tagged both Aubameyang and Arsenal on social media, writing: ‘Taking so long gonna sign da ting myself’ alongside a picture of him signing a piece of paper. 😆😂🤣🤣— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) August 21, 2020 Commentlast_img read more