Grindr removes the ‘ethnicity filter’ in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

The gay socializing and discovery app announced the change Monday, saying, “We will continue to fight racism on Grinder, both through dialogue with our community and a zero-tolerance policy toward racism and hate speech on our platform.”

“As part of that commitment and based on your feedback, we have decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release.”

Grindr – which describes itself as the world’s “largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans and queer people” – has previously come under fire for allowing users to filter matches based on ethnicity as part of its paid “Xtra” service.

Currently, users of this technology can filter potential partners by height, weight, age and nationality, although this is not the only socializing application that offers these filters.

They had a representative for the company previously defended her ethnic filter, arguing that this possibility was used by members of minority groups in search of others of the same race.
critics they quarreled that Grindr’s filter promoted discrimination. Research from Cornell University discovered that retrieval applications that allow users to filter their searches by race or rely on algorithms that pair people of the same race, “enhance racial divisions and biases,” while Australian research gay and bisexual men found that many participants were “incredibly tolerant” of online sexual racism.

Grindr on Monday defined the policy change as one motivated by solidarity with protesters in the United States.

“It stands in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hundreds of thousands of queer people in color who sign up to our app every day.”

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