Grindr users in the United States and other western countries have had the distance feature of the gay hook-up and social app restored. After reports that the app could be manipulated to determine the exact location of a user, Grindr disabled the capability. In order to protect users in locations where they could be at risk of arrest or violence if discovered, Grindr has deactivated the distance display, and taken steps to prevent the ability to triangulate user’s locations from the app. Other users have had the feature reactivated.
Grindr’s blog has posted the following information:
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!)
So Gay.com recently underwent
yet another overhaul and since Grinder openly discriminates and hates on the Windows Phone platform, I’ve had the opportunity to join and take it out for a spin over the last month. Here is my P.O.P. (positive-opportunity-positive) of the new site.
Grindr. Scruff. Hornet. Mister. Jack’d. Adam4Adam. etc. etc. etc.
Gay men, here are a few important tips for your “dating” profile pictures. If taken in your bedroom, close the closet doors. We don’t need to see all the stuff piled in there. Pick up all the clothes laying helter-skelter around the room. Make your bed. (remember, you have the fashion and decorating stereotypes to uphold!)
I think they should make “shagging” an Olympic sport. Here’s a great story that got lost in the Chik-fil-A storylines this week: The popular gay “dating” site Grindr was inundated with user demand over the weekend and the sharp traffic spikes crashed the site. Sources say the crash coincided with the arrival of Olympic athletes. How freaking cool is that!?
The hugely popular dating app Grindr has been hacked in Sydney, Australia. It’s being reported that sensitive profile information and steamy chat sessions have been potentially exposed and could be now out in the open. Last year Grindr had a reported 100,000 users in Australia and over a million worldwide. Click the link below for some excerpts from the article at the Sydney Morning Herald and a link to the full article…
I saw this blurb in a Grindr profile today and I thought I’d give it a QL shout out. I’m more than mildly amused when I come across something I’ve haven’t seen or heard before…
I learned a new word today that I’ve never heard before! I’m a little bit of a word freak so I get excited about such things. I was reading a profile from a guy named “Mark” today on Grindr and he referred to himself as a blouse…
Puerto Rican State Senator Roberto Arango has tendered his resignation, after he posted explicit photos on the Grindr iPhone/Android app. In a increasingly common scenario, an anti-gay (at least by voting record) Republian lawmaker has been recognized in pictures posted online.
Mr. Arango has not directly denied the pictures were of him, saying “I really don’t remember” in an interview with a Puerto Rican television station. He said he had taken some pictures to document recent weight loss, and it was possible he took the images in question.
The picture of the shirtless Arango posted here is not the most graphic of those apparently posted to the soon-to-be former Senator’s Grindr profile. Suffice it to say, Mr. Arango is a bottom. And ready.
Mr. Arango’s resignation is effective August 31.
So another Republican with an anti-gay voting history bites the dust. Who’s next?
The Washington Post article.
The Advocate.com article.