Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Communists Close Lesbian Dating App
(Radio Free Asia) - China appears to have shuttered the lesbian app Rela, prompting some to wonder if the move is a part of state censorship of LBGT rights following a ruling in Taiwan earlier this paving the way for same-sex marriages.
The company said in a brief statement on its official account on the social media platform Sina Weibo that it had temporarily suspended the app for "important adjustments to the service."
The app is no longer available on the iOS or Android app stores.
Weibo users hit back at the app's disappearance, although many said they believed it would make a comeback.
"Rela was the best app I have ever used," user @ataimi commented. "I will wait for it for as long as the company doesn't close down."
"The reason it has been shut down isn't necessarily because it was gay," wrote @yueguan_Sywwwww, while @jiujilanger added: "I have no words."
"I was just wondering today why I couldn't sign on," wrote @maoyihelianwu, while @Zeen1123 added, in a reference to the disapproval of lesbians by straight men in China.
"Homosexuality isn't illegal, so I don't know why they've shut Rela down, unless it's a manifestation of straight-male cancer."
And @chalegedawan added: "One day, love and equality will triumph over discrimination and oppression, as long as we keep speaking out."
Homosexuality was officially regarded as a mental illness in China until 2011, and LGBT people face huge social pressure to marry and have children.
Last month, China's Cyberspace Administration shuttered gay dating app Zank, saying it had broadcast "pornographic content."
A thorough investigation found that the apps failed to take responsibility for providing safe content, official media reported.
"For example, some hosts wore military uniforms or army badges, while others were scantily clad and displayed seductive behavior," according to state broadcaster CGTN.
"Some of them even spread private Wechat and QQ accounts, luring fans to engage in pornography via social platforms," it said.
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