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These are external links and will open in a new window. Gay dating app Scruff has banned images of men in underwear or swimming trunks, after it was suspended from the Google Play app store several times.

Scruff said it had changed its profile picture rules after "repeated suspensions by app store distributors" but declined to specify which stores.

The app was most recently suspended from Google Play in January, when it disappeared for Gay profile pics days.

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Several Scruff Gay profile pics responded to the policy change on social media, threatening to delete their accounts. This isn't looking so good guys," said vlogger Amp Somers, who runs the sex education YouTube channel Watts The Safeword, which hassubscribers.

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.

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In a blog post that referred to the app's Gay profile pics disappearance from Google Play in January, the company said: 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. Part of the challenge facing Scruff and similar apps "is the fact that different app stores publish guidelines with varying degrees of specificity", chief executive Eric Silverberg told BBC News.

Google does publish a policy for app developers regarding sexually explicit content but it is very short and subject to interpretation.

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While images of sex toys, sex acts and sex with animals are expressly forbidden, the policy otherwise bans only "sexually suggestive poses". Last week, when the updated policy was introduced, it also banned photos of "hugging and kissing" but his has now been changed to "sexually suggestive embraces" following criticism from its members.

Rival dating app Grindr does not allow underwear photos but does allow swimwear "in context", such as photos taken on the beach. Tinder's profile guidelines do not give specific examples but do state "no nudity, no sexually explicit content". The fetish app Gay profile pics is not available on Google Play, although a tamer version of Recon, which filters more explicit profile images, is available on Apple's App Store.

While Google declined to comment, it made clear that its moderators did not discriminate based on sexuality or gender identity. In his blog explaining the new policy, Mr Silverberg said the criticism from its members was "not unfounded".

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Image copyright Getty Images Gay dating app Scruff has banned images of men in underwear or swimming trunks, after it was suspended from the Google Play app store several times.

Google told BBC News it did not comment on individual apps.


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