BEIJING A renouned Chinese dating app for lesbians has been close down, along with a website and categorical amicable media account, only as a happy village celebrates Taiwan’s preference giving same-sex couples a right to marry, a initial for Asia.
The app, Rela, set adult in 2012, has around 5 million purebred users, a cached chronicle of a entrance on Apple’s iTunes site shows.
But users began seeing final week that a app, along with a Twitter-like Weibo criticism and website, was no longer accessible, according to users posting on Weibo underneath a hashtags #rela and #relahasbeenblocked.
The use was temporarily dangling due to an “important composition in service,” Rela told users on a WeChat app account.
“Rela has always been with we and greatfully wait a return!” it added, though gave no sum of because it was suspending service.
“This is taste opposite us lesbians,” wrote one user on Weibo.
“Not being means to open it feels like being jilted,” wrote another.
It was not immediately transparent because Rela has been close down.
The association did not respond to an email seeking comment. Apple did not immediately respond to a ask for comment.
Internet regulator a Cyberspace Administration of China also did not immediately respond to a faxed ask for criticism on Monday, that is a inhabitant holiday.
In a past, a supervision has blocked sites it deems could plea Communist Party order or bluster stability, including Western sites such as Facebook and Google’s categorical hunt engine and Gmail service.
It is not bootleg to be happy in China, nonetheless a nation regarded homosexuality as a mental commotion until 2001. Many vast cities have abounding happy scenes, though happy people still face a lot of family vigour to get married and have children.
Gay activists contend deeply regressive attitudes towards homosexuality in some tools of multitude have contributed to occasional supervision clampdowns.
In April, another happy Chinese dating app, Zank, was also close down after handling for about 4 years.
In a summary on a Weibo account, that is still available, Zank pronounced it had been indicted by a internet regulator of broadcasting racy calm and so had been sealed down.
Still, happy dating apps are large business, even for Chinese companies.
Last week Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd pronounced it would buy a remaining interest in tellurian happy dating app Grindr that it did not own.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Additional stating by Cate Cadell, and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)