World’s largest gay dating app suspends new registrations

Chinese gay social network app Blued has banned new registrations after it has been alleged that some underage users have contracted HIV after hook-ups organised via the app.

Blued – which claims to have 40 million registered users – said that the ban will last for a week while they investigate the claims.

“Blued was founded to provide a more transparent, proactive and healthy online home for the minority. We have met with difficulties and challenges and we will continue improving,” the company said in a statement.

Although membership of Blued is limited to over-18s, the app has no age-verification process, meaning that minors can lie about their age and become members.

Unconfirmed reports that some minors have arranged hook-ups with older men, and have contracted HIV.

It is estimated that over 800,000 people are living with HIV on mainland China.