In a year that has been spearheaded and defined by politics, it’s no surprise to see the gay dating app world become a political arena where countless apps have taken the position to take on the Trump of them all – Grindr.
Much like the standout of Joe Bidden among the overcrowded 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, Scruff may just be the Bidden to challenge the unfortunate Trump of a mess that Grindr has become.
Facts are facts, (Gay) America.
In a recently released video, Scruff CEO and Co-Founder, Eric Silverberg, blasts Grindr (namelessly) on their continuous wrongdoings and speaks on a call-to-action to shift support to apps, such as itself, who are better suited to serve the LGBTQ+ community.
Watch the video below:
The bold statements and stance taken by the Scruff CEO are not without merit. If you’re unfamiliar with Grindr’s tumultuous year or if the countless headlines have all become a blur, below are a few ICYMI:
Intelligence Officials Warn That China Could Access Your Grindr Profile Following $245 Buyout
Grindr Sets Off Privacy Firestorm After Sharing Users’ H.I.V.-Status Data
(New York Times)
Another security breach at Grindr reveals users’ exact location
(Gay Star News)
Grindr was the first big dating app for gay men. Now it’s falling out of favor.
Grindr President Says He Doesn’t Believe in Gay Marriage
Grindr Communications Director Quits After Marriage Remarks Made By Company President
In the Out Magazine article titled, Scruff CEO: The Real Issue with Grindr Is Way Bigger Than Gay Marriage, Out’s new editor-in-chief Philip Picardi interviewed Eric Silverberg on his outlook on the ever-growing issues with Grindr and why he believes the OG gay dating app is on a “dangerous and toxic path.”
When asked about the Chinese company that owns Grindr, Silverberg says, “To me, this story fits in with a broader pattern that we’re seeing, whether it’s the censorship that Google is doing in China, Facebook and their election interference, or Twitter and the rampant harassment that continues unabated on their platform today.”
Silverberg also stressed the importance of a company being aligned with the community that it serves, “This is another instance that speaks to how important the personal beliefs of the leaders of these companies: When your personal beliefs are not in alignment with the community that you’re serving, it can lead you to make choices with very significant and sometimes very harmful decisions for that community.”
Something that stood out for me in the interview was a rather chilling question by Picardi that elicited an equally as disturbing response from Silverberg. Philip asked if Eric himself believed that Grindr was no longer allowing advertisers access to their users HIV statuses. Silverberg responded, “I think every gay man who chooses to use Grindr should look at the facts and should look at their history of decision-making.”
As the days go by and the scandals grow, Republicans are often asked, “What will it take for you to denounce Trump?” Perhaps we (LGBTQ+ community) should ask ourselves that same question about Grindr.
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