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Grindr removes controversial ethnicity filter to ‘fight racism’

Some were shocked the filter existed in the first place.

Jun 2, 2020, 4:13 pm*

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Samantha Shaps 

Samantha Shaps

Grindr announced the removal of its ethnicity filter on Monday and said the move is in “solidarity” with the Black Lives Matter movement and to “fight racism” on the dating app.

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The LGBTQ dating service has previously allowed its users to filter matches using height, weight, age, and ethnicity qualifiers. Grindr has been heavily criticized over the ethnicity filter and users’ racism on the app.

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Grindr wrote in an Instagram post that it has “a zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech” and is committed to raising awareness.

“As part of this commitment, and based on your feedback, we have decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release,” Grindr wrote in the post.

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We will not be silent. Black lives matter. ⁣ ⁣ We were planning to announce our #PridePerseveres initiative today, but in light of the ongoing violence and injustices against our POC family, that no longer feels appropriate. How can we launch a month of celebration when so many of us are hurting? How can we celebrate Pride without acknowledging that we wouldn’t even HAVE a Pride month if it weren’t for the brave black, brown, trans, and queer folks whose uprising against the police at Stonewall gave birth to the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement? It is our responsibility to speak out against the hate and violence that such a vital part of our community continue to face.⁣ ⁣ We stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hundreds of thousands of queer people of color who log in to our app every day. We will not be silent, and we will not be inactive. Today we are making donations to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute @mpjinstitute and Black Lives Matter @blklivesmatter, and urge you to do the same if you can (links in bio). We will continue to fight racism on Grindr, both through dialogue with our community and a zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech on our platform. As part of this commitment, and based on your feedback, we have decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release.⁣ ⁣ Tomorrow, we will announce our #PridePerseveres calendar, but in a different light. Yes, we can still come together in the spirit of Pride, but Pride this year has an added responsibility, a shifted tone, and a new priority that will be reflected in our programming—support and solidarity for queer people of color and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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A Grindr representative told the Daily Dot that Grindr “may need to update to the most current version in order for it to be removed.”

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“The process to remove the filter is underway and should be reflected in users’ app by Monday,” they wrote in an email.

Social media users criticized Grindr for not taking action sooner, but many said they were shocked that Grindr had the filter in the first place.

“Wait you guys have an ETHNICITY filter,” one person commented on Grindr’s tweet. “Who the hell approved THAT?”

“Handclaps but the filter shouldn’t have been implement [sic] in the first place,” another wrote.

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Although many applauded the dating service for its decision, some said they relied on the filter in order to meet people of the same ethnicity.

“It allows me to connect with ppl from my own background,” one user commented on the app’s Instagram post. “A much needed space.”

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Another tweeted asked, “What about the Black and Latinx users who would rather not have to have problematic, fetishizing white gays in their face?”

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*First Published: Jun 2, 2020, 2:30 pm