Kunlun representatives did not respond to requests for comment. The online dating space has heated up in the last few years, as the InterActive Corporation, the digital media conglomerate, has systematically acquired and consolidated Internet dating properties.
An FBI spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. The government hasn't objected to gay dating apps as long as they stick to its Internet rules that restrict the dissemination of pornography and politically sensitive information. In June, the company hired an Overland Park, Kansas—based data protection officer and global compliance manager who soon advised executives to document their interactions with Beijing.
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Let an App Do It for You. The relative privacy of mobile phones has helped Blued grow rapidly in a country where gay and bisexual men face severe discrimination , to the point where it has about 15 million users. It's no longer officially banned, but propaganda and culture officials often take a conservative line, removing gay-themed TV shows from the Internet and allowing homophobic sex education textbooks.
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