LOS ANGELES — Hook up app Grindr announced new safety and security features this week.
The new features include:
- The ability for users to “unsend” messages that they want to remove from the conversation;
- Expiring photos that give users the ability to have their personal photos disappear from a conversation as a protective measure;
- Screenshot blocking for photos, chats, and profiles.
“As Grindr has grown to become a vital part of the gay, bi, trans, and queer community, we feel a responsibility to provide important information and evolving tools to facilitate our users’ safe dating experience,” said Scott Chen, president of Grindr, in a press release. “Our work in improving the well-being for the LGBTQ community around the globe is far from finished, but we are proud of these additional features to help provide a safer platform for our users.”
The app also released a “holistic security guide”:
- Digital security
- Personal safety
- Emotional well-being
The company said it has partnered with LGBTQ activists and online safety advocates around the world, such as Article 19, on the guide. It will debut in six languages and be found in two formats. The first is in the form of a FAQ much like Grindr’s Sexual Health Resource Center (SHRC) and the Gender Identity Resource Center (GIRC). The second is a standalone report written by Azza Sultan, associate director of Grindr for Equality, which can be found on Grindr for Equality’s website.