Chinese dating site for lesbians is closed because the users are afraid of the government

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A women takes part in the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) parade in Hong Kong on November 6, 2015. Hong Kong's streets were coloured by rainbow flags as protesters marched in the city's annual gay pride parade to call for equality and same-sex marriage. AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE (Photo credit should read Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images)

A Chinese lesbian dating app Rela with the millions of users is now offline, Reuters reports.China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said the ruling had “caused controversy”. As well as its app and website, Rela has also had its page taken down from Weibo, Chinese analogue of Facebook and Twitter. The page had around 200,000 fans, according to a cached version of the website. Rela, first released in 2012, was temporarily suspended because of an “important adjustment in service,” the company told users on its WeChat app. “Rela has always been with you and please await its return!” the page reads failing to explain the reason of suspension. Many users were convinced that the service had been shut down by the government, with one writing on Weibo: “This is discrimination against us lesbians.” Another fan said: “Not being able to open it feels like being jilted.” Rela posted a video in support of the group on its Weibo page last week, but left the email demands of explanation without a reply

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