tirsdag 1. februar 2022

Grindr disappears from app stores in China amid Olympics crackdown

Gay dating app Grindr has disappeared from multiple app stores in Chinaas authorities tighten control of the country’s already heavily policed internet and purge online behaviour the ruling Communist party dislikes.

The country’s cyber authority is conducting a month-long campaign to root out illegal and sensitive content during the lunar new year holiday and February’s Winter Olympics. Although the world’s most populous nation decriminalised homosexuality in 1997, same-sex marriage is illegal and LGBTQ issues remain taboo. The LGBTQ community is under pressure, with web content censored and depictions of gay romance in films banned.

Apple says Grindr’s developers removed the app from Apple’s China App store. Data from mobile research firm Qimai shows it was no longer available on Thursday. Searches for the matchmaking app on Android and similar platforms operated by Chinese companies also returned no results. Google’s Play Store is not available in China.