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As a matter of urgency we must prevent children having ready access to content rated over 18 as it can give them a warped view of sexual relationships.” The move to make age-verification a legal requirement forms part of a broader commitment by Government to make the internet a safer place for young people.
And the government will build on existing measures by tackling these issues further, addressing cyber bullying, sexualised content, self-harm and suicide sites, extremism content, and child sexual abuse online.
“As a matter of fact, there are no specific apps for transgender people and lesbians which proves the point,” declares Ms. The authenticity of a user and data privacy are matters of concern as well.
Last year, Grindr came under fire for sharing sensitive data on HIV status and location of its users with third party companies, prompting them to stop this practice.
While there’s an increase in options of apps for the queer community, security remains a concern for users and a challenge for app developers.“My mental health deteriorated when I used Grindr, as I came across homophobes, misogynists and male chauvinists who were abusive [towards] my femininity,” recalls Jeet Dalvi, a 25-year-old content writer from Bangalore, who identifies as a transgender woman.
Toxic masculinity arising out of patriarchy and discrimination against effeminate gay men, lesbians and transgender persons are rampant on the apps.
• Public consultation launched to require age verification for pornographic content online.
• Legislate to establish a new regulatory framework, underpinned by civil sanctions.
Privacy concerns have been raised with Blued app too, which was criticised for its live streaming option.
“We have received feedback on how live streaming had content that was abusive and pornographic,” says Sanyam Sharma, marketing director at the app.
“But it really surprised me when I matched with men who were organically attracted to me,” recalls the 22-year-old PR professional.
Although she assumes men perceive her to be cisgendered on the app, she had pleasant experiences when the acquaintances materialised into a date offline.