Gay dating app Grindr has said they are ‘very upset’ over being banned in Turkey.
GSN reported yesterday (11 September) users were unable to get onto the website, app, and database.
According to gay rights group KAOS GL, Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace blocked the app as a ‘protection measure.’
In a statement made to Gay Star News, a Grindr spokesman said they were ‘very upset’ over the action.
‘Grindr was created to help facilitate the connection between gay men – especially in countries where the LGBT community is oppressed.
‘We hope that this is only temporary and quickly gets overturned as our community should not be silenced.’
KAOS GL do not know yet what the reason was for the censorship.
Hayriye Kara, a lawyer for the gay rights group, said it is more likely related to ‘general morality’.
Ömer Akpınar, a Turkish gay rights activist, told The Huffington Post: ‘Censoring Grindr is the last step in arbitrary limitations of freedom in Turkey.
‘Any lifestyle or identity, which does not fit to the state’s ideology, is being deprived of their rights and freedoms.’
Grindr is one of the world’s most popular hook-up apps for gay men, allowing them to locate potential dates close by.