Grindr Suggests It Will Tackle Sexual Racism with 'Kindr'

Tuesday July 31, 2018

The LGBTQ dating app Grindr sent out a cryptic message on its social media accounts this week, suggesting it will be tackling sexual racism with a new program called Kindr.

"It's time to play nice. Dropping September 2018," the company tweeted last Friday. The message also linked to a website:

When visiting the site, the Grindr logo is seen next to the text "Kindr," with the phrase "It's time to play nice" underneath. The date "9.18" is also seen. The background is a looped video of what appears to be a pink, velvet blanket or curtain. There's also a play button that features a voiceover that says: "When someone says something, like, 'I don't date black people, that can be referred to as sexual racism." As the clip plays, others can be heard making similar comments.

It's unclear exactly what Kindr will do. Nevertheless, Grindr has faced sharp criticism and even legal action over the years. The news comes after model and active Munroe Bergdorf called out the company's treatment of black and trans users, Billboard reports.

"Grindr has the resources and potential to become something positive and inclusive for the LGBTQ community in the future," she wrote in an Instagram post. "I just hope they make the necessary changes to do so."

On Monday, Bergdorf tweeted that she spoke with Grindr "to discuss the ways in which they will be working to stamp out sexual racism, transphobia, religious intolerance and boy shaming going forward."

"I can't disclose what form this will take, but I am very encouraged to hear how the app will taking steps to become a safer more inclusive platform for ALL," she wrote. "They will be making a formal announcement of the changes in early September."

Grindr made headlines earlier this year after it was reported the app shared users' HIV statuses with other companies. After an outcry, the company said it will no longer share the information with third-party companies.

At the beginning of 2018, the founder and CEO of Grindr Joel Simkhai stepped down from his position after the Chinese gaming company Kunlun Group acquired full stake in the app.

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