Indonesian government tries to block gay dating apps

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information wants technological giant Google to ask it to block access to LGBT-related apps. Rudiantara, the Minister responsible for the request singled out gay social networking app Blued he does not want to be available on Google Play app store.The app’s website is failed to be blocked by the government because it changes its domain names. The Chinese owned Blued is the world’s largest gay dating app, with more than 27 million users globally. Indonesia’s move to block LGBTI social networking apps is the latest in a move to oppress the country’s LGBTI communities. In November last year, the government blocked the use of GIFs on the popular instant messaging service WhatsApp. The Ministry of Communications and Information said it could not monitor GIFs because of WhatsApp’s encryption and GIFs could be used to spread ‘obscene content’. There have also been multiple raids of ‘gay parties’ where men have been arrested under Indonesia’s anti-pornography laws.

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