Society: Turkey bans gay dating website, app Grindr

19 September, 15:44

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 19 - Gay and bisexual male dating website Grindr has been banned by Turkey's Directorate of Telecommunication (TIB) as a "protective measure" following a ruling by an Istanbul court, as daily Hurriyet online reports today. Both the Grindr website and the mobile application have become inaccessible since the TIB implemented the decision of the 14th Criminal Court of Istanbul. The application can still be downloaded from the application store, but it is not properly accessible. Hayriye Kara, a lawyer for KAOS GL, an LGBT association based in Ankara, said the court's decision was not published online, ultimately meaning that the reason for the censorship remains unknown. The media coordinator for the association, Omer Akpinar, has slammed the government, calling the ban an "arbitrary limitation of freedom." An online petition has been launched demanding Turkey repeal the order of the court blocking Grindr. Osman Nihat Sen, deputy director of the TIB, rejected claims in a recent interview with daily Haberturk that the authority applies a blanket ban on LGBT websites while refusing to elaborate on the reasons for the censorship.


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