Lebanese Telecom Ministry Orders Blocking of Grindr

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Lebanon's Telecommunications Ministry has ordered the blocking of the popular dating application Grindr, used mainly by gay men and trans men, saying it facilitates meetings between bisexuals or people of the same sex.

Amnesty International called the decision "a deeply regressive step, and a blow" to the LGBT community in Lebanon.

A decades-old law in Lebanon punishes sexual relations "contrary to nature" with up to one year in prison. But activists and legal groups have actively challenged the law.

The ministry's decision, obtained by The Associated Press, was issued Friday. It asked internet service providers to block the application and associated website, following a request from the public prosecutor. The application was still accessible on some providers on Wednesday.

There have been previous efforts to block the app.

Comments 2
Thumb ice-man 1 month

How Sad.... mowaten will be ever so lonely now.

Thumb Mira96 1 month

Leftists should not forget they represent a minority opinion. Their activism makes loud noises but in vain. The people of Lebanon are conservative when it comes to these issues.