Grindr didn’t threaten to expose lawmakers using app
The gay dating app Grindr says if Florida doesn’t stop passing homophobic and transphobic laws, it will reveal every Republican legislator and party official who secretly uses the app.
False. This claim originated on a satirical account. A spokesperson for Grindr denounced anti-LGBTQ legislation while confirming the app “protects the privacy of all its users.”
A popular dating app for the gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community isn’t threatening to expose the identities of its high-profile Republican users, despite widely shared posts claiming otherwise.
Facebook and Twitter users were spreading the claim as real after a Twitter account posted it Wednesday. The Twitter account that initially posted the claim identifies its content as “halfway true content and satire.”
The claim that Grindr said it would expose users reached thousands of likes and shares across social platforms, with some commenters saying they supported the idea.
But a spokesperson for the app confirmed it was unfounded in an email to The Associated Press.
“This claim is false,” said Grindr spokesperson Patrick Lenihan. “Grindr protects the privacy of all its users. Anti-LGBTQ legislation is abominable and cruel, and we vehemently condemn any laws that restrict, deny, or abolish the rights of LGBTQ people.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is moving to ban classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, expanding the controversial law that critics call “Don’t Say Gay.”
The state’s Republican-led legislature also has proposed a range of laws related to gender and sexuality, including legislation that would ban discussion of periods and other human sexuality topics in elementary grades.
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