Update: February 23, 2022 05:23 STI
beijing [China]Feb 23 (ANI): China has removed one of the most popular gay dating apps, Grindr, from several of its app stores, further infringing on the basic rights of the LGBT community, a think tank has reported. based in Canada, International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS).
Grindr is a location-based social networking and online dating app for gay, bi, and other queer sections. One of the first geosocial apps for gay people, the app was launched in 2009 and has become one of the most popular gay dating apps in the world.
Although China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, gay marriage is illegal and LGBT issues remain taboo. China has also expressed support for gay rights at the United Nations, but it does not recognize same-sex marriages and regularly censors media featuring such people.
In a similar episode in 2017, the Chinese government shut down another gay dating app, Zank, after accusing it of hosting pornographic content.
The Xi Jinping-led government is carrying out all these activities under the veil of controlling online rumours, pornography and superstitions, the think tank reported.
In addition, citing an increasingly difficult business and legal environment, many large multinational companies have shut down their operations in China. Names include Microsoft Corp’s Yahoo, LinkedIn. and Fortnite from Epic Games Inc.
Banning apps isn’t the only way China is trying to recycle LGBT rights, the country has also banned depictions of gay romance in movies. Last year, social media accounts belonging to major LGBT rights groups were blocked from the popular WeChat app.
The Chinese government carries out these activities under the guise of “endangering national security, disturbing social order, or infringing the legitimate rights and interests of others.” (ANI)