(AP) Singapore bans adultery website Ashley Madison
Singapore’s government has blocked access to the popular adultery website Ashley Madison amid a public outcry ahead of the company’s planned launch of a portal for the city-state.
The Media Development Authority, which regulates the Internet, said in a statement late Friday that it has blocked access to the Canada-based website because it is in “flagrant disregard of our family values and public morality.”
AshleyMadison.com started in Canada in 2001. With the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair,” it has attracted more than 20 million users.
It recently expanded to Japan, India and Hong Kong, and was planning to launch a Singapore portal later this month.
Thousands of Singaporeans, including a Cabinet minister, have expressed outrage and urged the government to block the website.
Some citizens, however, disagreed with the ban.
Ashley Madison has reportedly said it will explore legal means to overcome the ban.