Chinese gay dating app halts registration after underage HIV report

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese gay dating app Blued is a new member of the group.

China has a vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender scenes (LGBT) scenes, though activists say conservative attitudes among some groups in society have prompted occasional government clampdowns.

On Saturday, citing academic research, financial magazine Caixin said juveniles were heavily involved in the gay dating app, where some teenagers had even hosted livestreaming.

It added that many gay teenagers had unprotected sex through the app and contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

In response, Blued vowed to launch a "comprehensive content audit and regulation," and crack down on juvenile users.

"We're in a statement on its verified account on China's Twitter-like Weibo.

AIDS prevention work. The company added that it had enabled artificial intelligence to be out of pornographic content since last year.

The Beijing-based company did not immediately reply to a request from Reuters for comment on Sunday.

Blued, which was launched in 2010 and now boasts 40 million registered users, is backed by the Beijing News media run. It is the brainchild of a policeman who quit his job to play.

Grindr, a Los Angeles-based gay dating app well-known globally, is also owned by a Chinese company.

Reporting by Pei Li, Lusha Zhang and Ryan Woo; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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