Gay dating app Grindr considers legal threat to Turkey ban

Turkey Map and FlagOn Sep 25, 2013 Gay Star News reported: Joel Simkhai says ‘freedom to communicate is a basic right and Grindr is exploring all options to resolve this matter including a legal appeal’

Gay dating app Grindr is considering threatening legal action over its ban in Turkey.

Earlier this month, the app was blocked by Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace as a ‘protection measure’.

Joel Simkhai, the founder and CEO of Grindr, told The Independent they were considering how to respond to the ban.

They believe around 125,000 Turkish gay users are no longer able to use the hook-up app.

‘Oppression starts with the strangling of free speech and just like the burning of books in the past, today it’s done by cutting off people’s access to technology,’ he said.

‘Freedom to communicate is a basic right and Grindr is exploring all options to resolve this matter including a legal appeal.’

Ömer Akpinar, a Turkish gay rights activist from KAOS GL, said the ban was proof of the country’s continuing dismissal and crackdown of the LGBT community.

‘The Grindr ban is just another example showing that the Turkish Prime Minister’s recurrent words “We do not intervene with anyone’s lifestyle” are not true,’ he said.

‘Prohibiting technological advances which mean access to knowledge, expressing one’s self, socialization and liberation for LGBT people is another aspect of this attempt of cleanup.

‘As KAOS GL, we demand that both online and offline pressure on LGBT people come to an end and LGBT people be recognized as equal citizens.’

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