Indonesia is planning to ban, in the latest demonstration of the country s toward the LGBT community. A government official confirmed that authorities are already moving to at least three apps Grindr, Blued and BoyAhoy after a request from police, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports. But the ban could be much broader. According to, more than 85 websites and applications geared toward sexual and gender minorities could fall under the injunction. We are starting to block LGBT applications, AFP cited Communications Ministry spokesperson Noor Iza as saying, adding that the move was intended to target services that promote sexual deviancy. The spokesperson said that letters had been sent to three online service providers requesting that the apps be blocked, but it is unclear whether they will adhere to the bid. And are reportedly among the private companies that will be asked to remove the apps from their digital stores. Neither company immediately responded to TIME s request for comment.
Those who support the ban claim that apps geared toward the are prone to hosting pornography and other content viewed as inappropriate for Indonesia s conservative society. The recent bust of a pedophile ring allegedly linked to Grindr and several other networking apps was reportedly the chief impetus for the ban, but rights advocates believe that officials used the operation as a convenient excuse to advance a discriminatory agenda. The decision to ban the apps, which BuzzFeed reports was made during a closed-door meeting of government officials on Wednesday, is the latest move in what is viewed as an unprecedented crackdown on the LGBT community in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation. Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but calls for criminalization and cures have gained public support throughout what Human Rights Watch said has been a year of regression on LGBT rights in the country.