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Grindr Responds to Reports Egyptian Cops Using App to Ensnare Gay Men

Grindr Responds to Reports Egyptian Cops Using App to Ensnare Gay Men

Responding to The Advocate's recent story covering multiple media and activist reports that Egyptian police are now using Grindr, the wildly popular social media app, to ensnare gay men, a spokesman for Grindr issued an official statement from the company.

"We monitor and review all reports of security issues regularly," reads the statement. "As such, we continue to evaluate and make ongoing changes as necessary to protect our users."

The spokesman also pointed The Advocate to the U.S.-based company's efforts to promote LGBT equality abroad via Grindr For Equality. The company says G4E is proof that it is concerned about and engaged in campaigning for LGBT rights globally.

"[Grindr] works to advance LGBT equality around the globe," continued the spokesman. "We typically do a wrap of our yearly efforts towards the end of the year; so be on the lookout for that."

According to a press release from Grindr For Equality, in addition to working for LGBT rights on several fronts in many U.S. states, G4E also executed a get-out-the-vote effort on its mobile app in 2013 to support pro-equality political candidates in Australia, and encouraged Brazilian Grindr users to sign a petition in support of maintaining marriage equality in the face of an anti-equality campaign. G4E made similar efforts in the U.K., France, and South Africa during 2013, according to the press release.

Tags: World, Egypt

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