The US will force a Chinese company to sell Grindr by 2020.
Beijing Kunlun Tech acquired a 60% in the world’s largest gay hook-up app in 2016.
However, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has blocked the deal.
The deal was blocked to protect the ‘national security’ of the United States.
Kunlun said it had reached an agreement to sell the app by 30 June, 2020. The firm has claimed it will not transmit any sensitive information to China.
Last year, Kunlun said it was preparing for a public offering of Grindr.
But, as a result of the CFIUS’ intervention, Kunlun said it will now opt for an auction process to sell Grindr outright.
Grindr is an app that deals with everything from your location to your HIV status.
‘As government officials — including US military and intelligence services officers — may be Grindr users, the US government is right to be concerned about the possibility of a foreign government gaining access to the most intimate aspects of their lives,’ Privacy International, a UK-based rights group, said in a statement.
‘However, it is equally concerning that Grindr users from any country and background are at the mercy of a government, be it the Chinese or the US government.’
Tech entrepreneur Joel Simkhai launched Grindr in 2009.
One of the first geosocial networking sites on the market, it benefited from the explosion in smartphone use and quickly became one of the most popular dating apps for gay and bisexual men. It says it has over 2 million daily users.
Gay Star News has contacted Grindr for comment.