Grindr Introduces Screenshot Blocking and Other New Safety Features

  • Thursday, January 02 2020 @ 11:07 am
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In an effort to protect users around the world, Grindr has announced new safety features and unveiled a ‘Holistic Security Guide’ in six languages. These releases are designed to help queer users navigate dating in countries where a culture of homophobia, biophobia and transphobia puts them at risk.

Scott Chen, President of Grindr, said in a statement, “As Grindr has grown to become a vital part of the gay, bi, trans, and queer community, we feel a responsibility to provide important information and evolving tools to facilitate our users’ safe dating experience. Our work in improving the well-being for the LGBTQ community around the globe is far from finished, but we are proud of these additional features to help provide a safer platform for our users.”

Grindr’s three new features focus on the app’s messaging system. The first will give users the ability to “unsend” text and photographs they want to remove from a conversation. Doing so will remove the content from both users’ chat histories. The second update will introduce expiring photos, allowing users to send images that will automatically disappear from a conversation as a protective measure. The third update will institute screenshot blocking for chats, pictures and profiles. Together, these measures will help users protect their identity when communicating or sharing content in places where it is unsafe or illegal to be LGBTQ.

In addition to enhancing its security features, Grindr partnered with LGBTQ activists and online safety advocates to create the Holistic Security Guide. The guide follows a harm reduction approach designed to lessen the negative social and/or physical consequences associated with dating as an LGBTQ person. Its advice is divided into three sections: digital security, personal safety and well-being. The guide is currently available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian and Nigerian Pidgin, and in two formats (a PDF report written by Azza Sultan and an online FAQ).

“We are so proud to introduce these new security features, along with the Holistic Security Guide, as we continue to promote safety and justice for our users around the globe,” said Director of Grindr for Equality Jack Harrison-Quintana. “We are grateful for the feedback from users and the various organizations and activists around the world who have helped us to continue improving the quality of life for Grindr users.”

Grindr for Equality (GFE) is an internal company initiative focused on Grindr’s global mission to promote justice, health, safety and more for LGBTQ+ individuals. G4E works with health, digital rights and LGBTQ/human rights organizations, as well as local community leaders and queer activists, to find ways of using the Grindr platfom and its technology to inform, protect and empower users.

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