Over the weekend, when the ‘single but ready to mingle’ peeps in Pakistan decided to log into the dating app Tinder, they were unable to do so. Soon Pakistanis started taking to their respective social media accounts, and shared their observations with everyone. It seems that the application has been banned in Pakistan.
Tinder has been the talk of the town for many years. The reason is that it makes online dating a lot easier [if you’re not a catfish]. The mechanics of the mobile app are pretty simple – swipe right if you’re attracted to someone, otherwise swipe left and keep looking for other matches.
Although the networking application makes dating seem a lot shallower than it is, it gained a lot of popularity amongst the younger generation. But over the past weekend, their shenanigans were abruptly stopped as they were unable to use Tinder.
No official announcement has been made by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority [PTA] as of yet. But given that a recent ban was imposed on Bigo on the basis that it promotes ‘immoral, obscene and vulgar content’, perhaps this unofficial ban isn’t as far fetched as it seems.
On complaints of immoral, obscene and vulgar content, streaming app Bigo has been blocked in Pakistan. TikTok has also been served with final warning on same grounds.
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 20, 2020
As soon as the ban on PUBG was imposed, many netizens started to question why apps like Tinder and Grindr were still available. Well, it looks like those complaints have been taken note of.
What action will be taken on dating apps like tinder or muzmatch ?
— bilal hassan syed (@bilalhassan111) July 20, 2020
Social Media Reactions pour in!
While some might have wallowed in their sorrows, many took to Twitter to share the news. Here’s what people had to say about the ban on Tinder:
PTA seems to be blocking Tinder and Grindr
— Someone stupid (@westanHT) August 30, 2020
Guess PTA people finally figured it out people don't use tinder for finding new friends
— Junaid (@JunaidAhmedRana) August 30, 2020
*Sindh and KPK going through a massive environmental calamity, polio still present, unemployment on the rise, awful infrastructure, widespread institutional corruption, Kashmiris still suffering*
Pakistani Govt: Bc tinder ban karo
— im just here to HONK (@im_honk) August 31, 2020
indifferent to tinder ban because that app could not possibly have anything more to offer to me but god what a stupid thing to ban
— allergic irony (@edgygirlrants) August 30, 2020
I'm the only single worried about #Tinderban in Pakistan.
P.S: i only got match with bot account.
— Basit (@basitafridi366) August 30, 2020
— Hafsa (@Hafsa51973753) August 30, 2020
Is Tinder really banned in Pakistan or yall making this sh*t up?
PTA might as well ban internet at this point. 😴😴😴
— Noni (@Neharyy) August 30, 2020
tinder was always shit in Pakistan especially in Islamabad. But why is there a need to ban tinder? Iss liye iss mulk mai kabhi koi barri company nahi aye gi.
— Kutta The Dog 🇵🇸 (@6lackfield) August 30, 2020
PTI government concentrates more on banning apps than improving their worst performance. Tinder has become their next target.
— Sehar Shinwari (@SeharShinwari) August 30, 2020
#Tinder ban in Pakistan reminded me that I have the app in my phone..lol
— Khan ji (@azmarayy) August 30, 2020
Perhaps with Tinder‘s ban in Pakistan, alternatives might take its place? Apps like Minder [Muslim Tinder] are still available.
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