Online dating app Tinder has been caught in the crossfire of the ongoing Thai protests, which calls for the reform of the monarchy. Thai netizens are taking to Twitter to show that they are banned from the dating app, claiming that this happened after they posted pro-democracy content. According to a tweet Marketing Interactive saw, the user was told his or her profile picture violates Tinder's term of service after the user tried to upload a QR code with a link to amend the constitution on his or her bio. The post was accompanied with a picture that showed Tinder's notifying the user that the uploaded picture has been removed.
Tinder is not the only online platform that is embroiled in this situation. Earlier in August, Reuters reported that social giant Facebook blocked access within Thailand to a group by the name of "Royalist Marketplace”, which was reportedly a group of one million members criticising the country’s king. The article added that according to the group’s page, access to the group has been restricted, in line with a legal request from Thailand's ministry of digital economy and society. According to Reuters, Facebook said it was planning to challenge the government legally after being requested to block the group's access.
The ongoing protests come as Thai people demand that the government be dissolved, according to BBC. Demonstrators also demand that the constitution be changed and that the authorities "stop harassing critics". There was also a 10-point call for reform to the monarchy, seeking not to "destroy the monarchy but to modernise it, to adapt it to the society".
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