Lebanon forbade Grindr

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According to the Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper, the country’s Telecommunications Ministry issued an official memo on May 24, saying that the popular gay dating app is now legally banned in the country. The memo directs internet service providers to restrict access to the Grindr app by blocking the associated IP address and website. State-founded internet-provider Ogero was the first one to enact the ban, other providers did it later. Access to the app was previously briefly restricted in January. At the time, the government denied reports that it had issued an official ban, and access was restored days later. But now the ban is official and the memo was reprinted in state-run media. The group advised Grindr users to use a secure VPN service to circumvent the ban. Gay apps such as Grindr are a vital lifeline for men who have sex with men in the region, which is far from being LGBT-friendly

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