Media blocked in Turkey

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Gay chat and dating website has been blocked in Turkey.
A new ban has just been added to the TIB’s (Turkish Telecommunications Directorate) list of homophobic bans. TIB issued a directive that bans access within Turkey to, a world famous chat and dating website. has joined, an LGBTI community and dating service, and the smart phone app Grindr on the list of blocked sites.
According to,, a website based in Los Angeles, U.S.A., was blocked by the TIB on October 17, 2014 through directive # 490.05.01.2014.-178772.
Both websites can be accessed[1] by changing the DNS, and Grindr can be accessed also using a VPN.
[1] See the Electronic Frontier Foundation‘s guide on how to circumvent online censorship, part of their new Surveillance Self-Defense series, for more information. The Pirate Party of Turkey‘s Art of Self-Defense series provides more information on VPN usage and configuration in Turkish.
Translated by: LGBTI News Turkey 
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