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Hook-up app Grindr removes its ‘ethnicity filter’

Hook-up app Grindr removes its ‘ethnicity filter’

  • Grindr claims a ‘zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech’.
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Hook-up app Grindr will remove its ‘ethnicity filter’ after years of criticism from users.

It comes after Grindr tweeted on 29 May the message ‘Demand justice, #BlackLivesMatter’.

But several users renewed calls for the company to drop its ethnicity filter, accusing Grindr of hypocrisy.

One person replied ‘remove the ethnicity filter’ and got over 1,000 retweets.

In response, Grindr deleted its tweet. And now it has posted a new message, explaining its new policy. It says:

‘We stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hundreds of thousands of people of color who log into our app every day.

‘We will not be silent, and we will not be inactive. Today we are making donations to the Marsha P Johnson Institute and Black Lives Matter and urge you to do the same if you can.

‘We will continue to fight racism on Grindr, both through dialogue with our community and a zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech on our platform.

‘As part of this commitment, and based on your feedback, we have decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release.’

Making Grindr kinder

The app lets currently users filter who they see on the basis of age, weight, height and body type, as well as ethnicity.

But the way in which some users reject other people on the basis of race, body shape and perceived femininity has consistently sparked debate among gay and bi men.

The app is now 11 years old. And a poll of GSN readers last year found that 18% thought it had been good for the LGBT+ community with 33% thinking it had been bad. Meanwhile 49% thought it had both positives and negatives.

Meanwhile a separate survey in 2019 found that 56.5% of Grindr users thought they may eventually find the love of their lives on the app. Moreover, 84% of users have fallen in love with someone they met on Grindr.