Gay dating app Scruff has barred photos of men in underwear or swimming trunks, after it was suspended from the Google Play app store several times now.
THE gay application issued newest policy in terms profile of its users, they said it is done because “repeated suspensions by app store distributors” but declined to specify which stores.
Scruff was most recently suspended from Google Play in January, when it disappeared for three days.
To get their side on the issue, however, Google said they are not entitled to give comment on individual apps as per the company’s rules.
Several Scruff members responded to the policy change on social media, threatening to delete their accounts.
“Craigslist, Backpage, Tumblr, now even Scruff, a gay dating app you have to be of consenting age to use, is censoring how its users can post photos? This isn’t looking so good guys,” said vlogger Amp Somers, who runs the sex education YouTube channel Watts The Safeword, which has 170,000 subscribers.
Moreover, Scruff is a social network and dating app for gay, bisexual and trans men. Members can browse a grid of profiles and speak to people in their area, or explore other locations.
However, it has disappeared from Google Play several times in recent months.
In a blog post that referred to the app’s temporary disappearance from Google Play in January, the company said: “Had this removal been permanent, it would have been devastating to our company and our community.”
It had now enacted “wide-ranging changes to its profile photo content guidelines” in order to “ensure continued and full compliance”, the blog post added.
Other gay apps online were Grindr, Hornet, Planet Romeo, Blued etc. Which serves as an easy platforms for gay, bisexual and transgender to meet friends in an instant manner.