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Turkey Has Banned Grindr

Visiting dignitaries, tourists and locals alike are having to look elsewhere in their cruising efforts in Turkey as the country has officially censored, blocked and banned Grindr. 

Users attempting to access the gay social app on their mobile devices or through a website within borders of the country received not a grid of sexy men nearby but a message from the government after firing up the app. The message, signed by the Telecommunications Communication Presidency, was ambiguous in nature, leaving LGBT groups in the country unsure of how to handle the situation. It reads: 

"The decision no 2013/406 dated 26/08/2013, which is given about this website (grindr.com) within the context of protection measure, of "İstanbul Anadolu 14. Sulh CM" (İstanbul Anatolia 14th Criminal Court of Peace) has been implemented by 'Telekomünikasyon İletişim Başkanlığı' (Telecommunications Communication Presidency)". 

"The court decision is not published online and so we have no access to the procuration and therefore do not yet know what was the reason for the censorship," Hayriye Kara, a lawyer for Turkish LGBT group KAOS GL, said. "It is most likely related to 'general morality,' an ambiguous term used often against trans sex workers."

In contrast, the censorship oddly comes just weeks after the country started the process of becoming the second majority-Muslim nation in the world to protect its LGBT citizens from discrimination. Guess discrimination in this instance is okay?