The popular gay dating app Grindr disappears from Apple App Store in China, just days after the new plans to police online content by Chinese authorities.
The gay dating app was pulled off the iOS store last week and the searches for the matchmaking platform on Android produce no results on app markets run by domestic giants like Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Huawei Technologies Co, while Google services are already unavailable in China. While Grindr remains unavailable, local competitor Blued is accessible across iPhones and Android devices.
According to mobile research firm Qimai, Grindr was taken off the Chinese Apple store on Jan27, though the reason behind this is still not clear. We still have to hear a word from Grindr and Apple on this.
A couple days ago China announced its plans to clean up the internet, perhaps the removal of Grindr might be in that direction. The authorities are trying to crack down on online rumors, pornography, and illegal content.
Since the last few weeks Grindr users have been reporting connectivity issues. They also faced issues while sending and receiving messages or adding likes.
Earlier Grindr was sold by Beijing Kunlun Tech Co to an investor for about $600 million after U.S. regulators required the divestment on national security grounds.
Many foreign internet services such as Yahoo, Microsoft Corp.’s LinkedIn and Epic Games Inc.’s quit China, due to the increasing challenges for running business and legal environments.
Homosexuality has been removed by China from its list of mental disorders two decades ago, though it still occasionally censors on entertainment and content with gay themes.