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Updated: Sat, 09 Nov 2013 19:33:18 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Ashley Madison adultery website blocked in Singapore



Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman demonstrates his website on a tablet computer during an interview in Hong Kong August 28, 2013. Founded in 2002, Ashley Madison, the world's biggest online dating website for married men and women, has over 20 million users in 30 regions all over the world. Bobby Yip/Reuters

Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman demonstrates his website on a tablet computer during an interview in Hong Kong August 28, 2013. Founded in 2002, Ashley Madison, the world's biggest online dating website for married men and women, has over 20 million users in 30 regions all over the world. Bobby Yip/Reuters

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."

The company, which promotes dating among married people, was planning to launch a Singapore portal later this month.

Many Singaporeans, including a Cabinet minister, have expressed outrage and urged the government to block the website.

With the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair," the website started in 2001 and has attracted more than 20 million users. It recently expanded to Japan, India and Hong Kong.

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