WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Chinese gay dating app, Blued, has stopped new user registration on Sunday following media reports of juvenile involvement and minors contracting HIV.
- The company vowed to launch a more ‘comprehensive content audit and regulation,’ where they will crack down on juvenile users posing as adults, and media involving minors.
- Blued is the world’s largest networking app for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, boasting around 40 million registered users.
The Chinese gay dating app Blued – the world’s largest networking app for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community – has stopped new user registration for a week starting Sunday This comes following media reports of underage users contracting HIV.
While China is known to have a vibrant LGBT scene, some conservative groups in society have still prompted occasional government clampdowns.
Financial magazine Caixin reported on Saturday about the involvement of juveniles in the gay dating app, where some teenagers even hosted live streaming.
Citing academic research, it added that several gay teenagers had unprotected sex on dates set up through the app and contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Blued explained that they had already enabled artificial intelligence to weed out pornographic content since last year, and vowed to launch a more “comprehensive content audit and regulation,” where they plan to crack down on media involving minors and juvenile users posing as adults.
In their issued statement on its verified Weibo account, Blued stated that their company “always forbids juveniles from logging on and using the app.”
The company also vowed to further support AIDS prevention.
Blued was launched in 2010 by a former police officer who quit his job to play matchmaker to millions of gay men in China. It is now backed by state-run media Beijing News and has about 40 million registered users.
Los Angeles-based gay dating app Grindr is also owned by a Chinese company.