Grindr disables distance feature amid safety concerns

grindr_logo The gay hookup app Grindr has disabled the distance feature amid concerns that a recently published exploit could allow the exact location of users to be determined.  Although the feature only listed the distance to another user, but no direction, it became known that it was possible to pinpoint someone’s location using the application.  Concern was immediately expressed for users in places where being gay can get you arrested and killed.  (One hopes the 134 users in North Korea are all secret police, and that they will spend their time chasing each other!)

No mention of the shutoff has yet appeared on Grindr’s website, so it’s not yet known if the service will permanently discontinue the distance feature, or if a change will be made that will allow it to return.  John Aravosis has details at Americablog.

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