Tinder, Grindr, and three other dating apps are banned in Pakistan for disseminating “immoral content”.
The government issued notices to Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout, and SayHi to get rid of the dating services.
Extra-marital relationships and homosexuality are illegal in Pakistan, the second-largest Muslim-majority country within the world.
The country’s internet regulator said the companies had not responded to it within the given time.
A Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) spokesman told BBC Urdu that as a consequence, the choice had been made to bring the management of those platforms into a “moral and legal realm”.
The watchdog has said, however, that it’d reconsider the action if the apps comply with moderate what it views to be unethical and obscene material on their platforms.
A Tinder spokeswoman said it invests significant resources into monitoring and removing inappropriate content.
“We welcome the chance to debate our product and moderation efforts with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and appearance forward to a meaningful conversation,” she added.
Grindr, Tagged and Skout didn’t immediately answer requests for comment.
Data from analytics firm Sensor Tower indicates Tinder has been downloaded quite 440,000 times in Pakistan within the last 12 months. Grindr, Tagged and SayHi had each been downloaded about 300,000 times and Skout 100,000 times therein same period, Reuters reported.
Critics say Pakistan has sought to rein in free expression on the web, blocking or ordering the removal of content deemed immoral also as news critical of the govt and military.
“These latest blocks reveal that the govt is ramping up its efforts to regulate the flow of ideas on the web,” Ray Walsh, a digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy, said.
“Pakistani citizens are going to be wont to oppressive levels of censorship to stop citizens from accessing LGBTQ content, nudity, and anything considered immoral, and thanks to the very fact that extramarital affairs also are illegal, dating sites are now being targeted because the government feels these might be fuelled by online dating apps”.
In July, Pakistan issued a “final warning” to TikTok over content which is explicit and showing on the platform.
It has also banned access to youtube, Facebook and twitter in previous years.
Last week, the PTA also asked the video-sharing platform YouTube to “immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan”.