Grindr Removed From Chinese App Stores

Operators of the Grindr gay-dating service in China removed the app from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Playstore, as authorities tightened control of the country’s already heavily policed internet, making it difficult for the company to comply with China’s Personal Information Protection Law.

The new regulations went into effect at the end of 2021, limiting personal information stored in apps and requiring data transferred between China and other regions to be approved by the Chinese government.

Reports said China’s cyber authority is conducting a month-long campaign to remove illegal and sensitive content during the lunar new year holiday and Winter Olympics.

Meanwhile, searches for the matchmaking app on Android and similar platforms operated by Chinese companies returned no results, while Google’s Play Store is no longer available in China.

On Tuesday, the cyberspace administration announced a drive to crack down on rumors, pornography, and other web content.

In the past few weeks, some Grindr users in China reported connectivity issues and the inability to send and receive messages or add likes.

In 2020, the Chinese owner of Grindr, Beijing Kunlun Tech Co., sold the app to investors for about $600 million after U.S. regulators required the divestment on national security grounds.

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