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TEXAS: Two Men Charged With Federal Hate Crimes After Using Grindr To Lure, Beat, And Rob Gay Men

The Dallas Morning News reports: Two men have been charged with federal hate crimes for using the Grindr app to lure at least nine gay men to a vacant Dallas apartment where they allegedly beat, robbed, threatened and humiliated them, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday. Daniel Jenkins, 19, and Michael Atkinson, 24, committed the armed assaults during the first …

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CHINA: Gay Dating App Blued Halts New Registrations After Reports Of Underage Users Contracting HIV

Singapore’s Straits Times reports: Chinese gay dating app Blued is halting new user registration for a week, it said on Sunday (Jan 6), following media reports that underage users caught HIV after going on dates set up via the world’s largest networking app for the LGBT community. On Saturday (Jan 5), citing academic research, financial magazine Caixin said juveniles were …

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MAGA Dating Site To Sue Liberals Who Try To Join

The Daily Beast reports: Righter, which launches later this month, is meant as an amorous safe space, but only for those who back the president. If you’re a liberal, Righter might actually sue you if you try to join. “I have a very nice legal team that will be handling that,” founder Christy Edwards Lawton said. “This is zero tolerance.” …

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TURKEY: Pop Star Accused Of Blackmailing Dozens Of Men After Meeting Them On Gay Dating Sites [VIDEO]

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reports: A German-born Turkish pop singer has been accused by dozens of complainants in Turkey of blackmailing them with their secret gay love affairs. According to court documents seen by Hürriyet, more than 50 people in the provinces of Istanbul, Bursa and Giresun have recently filed criminal complaints against pop singer Bulut Duman, 28, over similar …

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New Dating App For Trump Cultists: Donald Daters

State television is thrilled to promote this: Enter Donald Daters, a new dating app that launched Monday for Apple and Android devices with the mission of helping Trump supporters meet and mingle on a platform free of any liberal backlash. “For many young Trump supporters, liberal intolerance has made meeting and dating nearly impossible. Support for the president has become …

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Buy At The Bottom, Sell At The Top: Grindr Goes Public

The South China Morning Post reports: Grindr, the gay dating app owned by Chinese gaming company Kunlun Group, has received approval from its parent’s executive board for an overseas public listing. The timing of the listing is dependent on conditions in the international capital market and progress of approval from domestic and overseas regulators, Kunlun said in a public filing …

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Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Launch A Dating Service

Reuters reports: Facebook Inc is entering the dating game, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday, planning a dating service to matchmake millions of people on the world’s largest online social network and nudge them into spending more time there. The service, which Facebook had considered offering for over a decade and will launch soon, could help rebuild its popularity …

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BRITAIN: HIV+ Man Gets Life Sentence For Deliberately Infecting Grindr Hook-Ups And Then Taunting Victims

The Guardian reports: A hairdresser has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 12 years at Brighton crown court after deliberately trying to infect 10 men with HIV. Daryll Rowe, 27, from Brighton, showed no emotion as he was sentenced for five charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and five of attempting to do so. …

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Grindr Exec: We’ve Stopped Sharing Users’ HIV Status

Axios reports: Grindr has stopped sharing users’ HIV status with its third-party vendors, the company’s head of security told Axios. However, much of the concerns with Grindr’s data-sharing practices were a misunderstanding of what was being shared and with whom, says Grindr security chief Bryce Case. Grindr may have been sharing more information than needed, but it insists the most …

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Grindr Shares Users’ HIV Status With Third Parties

Buzzfeed News reports: The gay hookup app Grindr, which has more than 3.6 million daily active users across the world, has been providing its users’ HIV status to two other companies, BuzzFeed News has learned. The two companies — Apptimize and Localytics, which help optimize apps — receive some of the information that Grindr users choose to include in their …

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Craigslist Ends Personal Ads Over Sex Trafficking Law

Fast Company reports: The popular classifieds website has announced it has pulled its personal ads section from the site. Craiglist made the move after the passage of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) on Wednesday. The act makes it easier for sex trafficking victims and prosecutors to sue websites that allowed sex traffickers to …

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Straight-Only Trump Dating Site: Deport Liberals From Your Love Life And Find Your “America First Partner”

The Gazette reports: For those looking for the “America-first partner” of their dreams, Trump.Dating is just a click away. According to its website, Trump.Dating is a new free-to-access dating website from Friends Worldwide, Inc., a network of premium dating websites that represents “over 75 diverse dating communities.” However, “diverse” doesn’t exactly describe Trump.Dating. Stock images of middle-aged Caucasian couples donning …

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Federal Court Rules Grindr Not Liable For Impersonating Profiles That Sent Over 1000 Men To Victim’s Home

Courthouse News reports: A federal judge dismissed a 14-count lawsuit against Grindr on Thursday, finding that that the hook-up app for gay men is not liable for the malicious harassment wrought by an ex-boyfriend’s fake profile. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni dismissed with prejudice all claims but one for copyright infringement, which she dismissed without prejudice. Matthew Herrick blamed Grinder …

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NEW YORK CITY: Grindr Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit After Imposter Sends Over 1000 Men To Man’s Home

The Associated Press reports: A gay dating app wants a judge to dismiss the claims of a New York man who says he’s been accosted at home and work by over 1,000 sex-hungry men after an ex-boyfriend posted fake profiles soliciting men interested in exploring violent fantasies. Grindr asked a Manhattan federal court judge Wednesday to toss out Matthew Herrick’s …

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Chinese Company Acquires Grindr For $240M

The South China Morning Post reports: The world’s largest gay social media app is now owned by the Chinese, after a little-known Beijing tech company agreed to acquire full control of America’s Grindr for US$240 million, and fully engage in its daily operations. Beijing Kunlun Tech, a game developer owned by 38-year-old billionaire Zhou Yahui, said on Wednesday it planned …

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FLORIDA: Trio Robs And Kidnaps Man After Luring Him On Grindr, Steals His Dog, One Suspect Arrested

The Palm Beach Post reports: A man was robbed and kidnapped Saturday after he visited the Boynton Beach residence of another man he met on a social networking site, according to an arrest report. The victim, who is not being identified by Boynton Beach police, was taken at knife point back to his home, which was then ransacked by three …

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Grindr Debuts Official In-House Poet

No, seriously. His name is Max Wallis and he announced his debut in a Guardian column: Poetry and sex have a long and venerable history, one often being used in the service of setting up the other. Catullus kicked things off, and Lord Byron, Sharon Olds and Carol Ann Duffy, among others, have run with the ball since. The work of …

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CHINA: Gay Dating App Draws 27 Million Users, Major Investment From Beijing State-Run Newspaper

The Financial Times reports: China’s vibrant gay dating scene is attracting millions of dollars in investment, including from at least one state-controlled media group, even as embarrassed official censors curb the portrayal of openly homosexual characters on television and in other media. With Chinese men signing up en masse for gay dating apps, the biggest such service — Blued (pronounced …

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NEW YORK CITY: Grindr Sued After Impersonator Sends Over 700 Men To Victim’s Home And Workplace

A New York City man has filed a civil lawsuit against Grindr, claiming that over 700 men have appeared at his home and workplace after receiving invitations to have sex from someone impersonating him on the service. Wired reports: Last October, Matthew Herrick was smoking a cigarette in front of his West Harlem brownstone when the first visitor appeared. As …

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Christian Mingle Ordered To Allow Gay Matches

From the Wall Street Journal: The owner of online dating site ChristianMingle.com has agreed to let gay and lesbian users search for same-sex matches under a judge-approved settlement of discrimination claims. Two gay men filed class-actions claims against Spark Networks Inc. in California courts in 2013 alleging that ChristianMingle.com and several other sites in the company’s portfolio of niche dating …

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