Even as some netizens praise Taiwan for becoming “China’s first region to legalize same-sex marriage” on May 24, Chinese authorities have shut down two popular gay dating apps.Gay app Zank went dark in April for allegedly violating pornography regulations.Blued founder Le said in a statement that he hoped Blued would “continue to push forward social progress”.The gay rights movement in Asia is a pretty mixed bucket right now.Verified Profile - Profiles showing a yellow tick have been manually authenticated as genuine profiles by Blued's moderation team.The moderation team carefully compares a 10-seconds in-app recorded video against the uploaded profile picture in order to determine whether said picture is genuinely that of the person using the user account. Blued gives its users the ability to go Live within a community of peers and to show what life is like around them.
Today, Blued employs over 200 staff at its headquarters in Beijing, China, and has recently opened new offices in London, UK to overview the rapid expansion of the app overseas.
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In a sign that social attitudes towards same-sex relationships are gradually changing, state-funded newspaper The Beijing News has invested just over $AUD5.6 million in Blued— a popular gay dating app.
The service is the most popular of its kind in China and boasts over 27 million users, with 7 million logging on daily.