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Gay dating app Grindr removed from China app stores amid internet crackdown

Although China decriminalised homosexuality in 1997, same-sex marriage is illegal and LGBTQ issues remain taboo.

January 31, 2022 / 03:48 PM IST
Gay dating app Grindr has been removed from multiple app stores in China

Gay dating app Grindr has been removed from multiple app stores in China

Gay dating app Grindr has disappeared from multiple app stores in China as 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 in the midst of 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 as censorship of web content combines with a ban on depictions of gay romance in films.