Homosexual matchmaking app cut from Apple China

From Bloomberg's "Gay Dating App Grindr Vanishes From China App Store" posted Sunday:

Grindr, a popular gay dating app, has been removed from Apple Inc.’s App Store in China, days after Beijing said it was going to renew its campaign to police online content.

The U.S.-owned app was taken off the iOS store last week, while searches for the matchmaking platform on Android produce no results on app markets run by domestic giants like Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Huawei Technologies Co. Alphabet Inc.’s Play Store, like other Google services, is unavailable in China. Local Grindr competitors, including Blued, remain accessible across iPhones and Android devices.

My take: If Grindr vanished from the other platforms as well, then I suppose the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO shouldn't take it personally.

Memo to Blued: Watch your back.


  1. Jerry Doyle said:
    “…. days after Beijing said it was going to renew its campaign to police online content.”

    I suspect this only is the beginning of a renewed censoring effort on the part of the CCP to carry forth Xi Jinping’s effort to emasculate Deng Xiaoping’s opening of China to the Western world. It was Deng’s reforms that opened China’s economy to a more western capitalistic society. The old joke was Deng Xiaoping is sitting in his car reading a newspaper, when his driver interrupts him and says, ‘Comrade, there’s a problem. The sign says turn Left for communism, turn Right for capitalism. Which way should I go?’ Deng tells his driver, ‘There’s no problem. Just signal left and go right.’” Xi is learning of the new found freedoms to society that comes with capitalism.

    I say, too: “Blued, Watch your back.”

    January 31, 2022
  2. I followed a link from a New York Times article to various sites the archive Weibo chat room sessions and micro-blogs. It’s the equivalent of Twitter except participants risk a few years in jail if they step on the wrong toes. Many of the Weibo posts I researched were taken down hours, days or weeks after being posted. It’s part of my research on the illogical multi-nation backlash on one of the biggest cash-cows of the last decade, technology.
    Apple’s App Store is typically the last one to remove an app clearly being censored by local or national governments. The same apps disappear from Android overnight and you must pay a 3rd party site an exorbitant fee to download a copy of a once free or inexpensive app. That copy may only work for a few months before the powers that be block the overseas app servers. Apple’s app store doesn’t permit this 3rd party scam.
    Apple’s App Store holds out considerably longer, sometimes months or even years, before eventually removing apps that some official somewhere wanted removed. It seems Apple walks app-removal requests through all the official channels before eventually zapping it. This actually gives participants time to regroup on some other app/platform.
    The problem is, most people in China do not own an Apple iPhone, they own Androids. So friends with iPhones become closer friends. Many Weibo bloggers claimed to know someone who works at a Foxconn plant or once worked there themselves. Good and bad is related about Foxconn but equivalent pay & benefits are not easy to find.
    Once they can afford an iPhone, they trade up. If they date someone with an iPhone they must switch from Android. Various models, like Samsung or Huawei phones, have quickly fallen out of favor for labor or geopolitical issues. The iPhone is seen as a Chinese phone, especially as Apple increases their offices/stores in China while continuing to indirectly employ millions through Pegatron, Foxconn and the lot.
    It’s true central governments order some apps down from all platforms overnight but that’s rare. App censorship can happen in all nations, not just the one where Weibo is headquartered. Would a Western Nation take down Twitter or TikTok? I think not. Pakistan and Nigeria try to throttle the Internet but proxy servers pop up like moles in the yard. It draws too much attention to the government’s heavy-handed action. Some apps are so popular users seem willing to stage a revolution to keep them.

    January 31, 2022

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