This an important message. I understand that in the recent update Grindr has disallowed usage of "Mock GPS". But Please lend me an ear for a minute.
There are many like me who still have to live and work in insensitive areas. Where local people are insensitive, apathetic and hateful towards LGBT community.
My recent experience of using the app in the small town I'm working at was bitter. Everyday I get followed by a local Gay guy from my office to my local residence. Another guy ended up blackmailing me and it was reported too.
My point is, Grindr is not just a dating app for many like me. It's way for me to stay connected to lgbt community. I need to use the mock location to stay safe and access Grindr from cities where I don't face any threat yet I'm able to have dozens of healthy conversations with many people, many of whom have eventually become friends with me.
Please do consider rolling back disablement of using mock location. It's a life saver.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
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This policy not only violets the rights of it's users, it puts them in harm's way.
This policy will not only cost Grindr it's already shakey reputation, it also opens them up to lawsuits.
I understand that you may be trying to protect your users by knowing where they were last seen if something were to happen. As a compromise, Grindr can obfuscate users location thru the app directly as well as keep the actual location private.
I fully agree, this policy change may be illegal, as the app would be giving out personally identifiable information against users rights.
I agree with everything posted here to allow Fake location, those who do not want it because they have boyfriends, it is because they are bitchs, they want to date and continue in the bitching, when there is suspicion of being betrayed, it is best to use fake location as has happened to many others.
Plus, I have the right to my privacy and I don’t want to be close to home or work, see where I am, when I want to stop using Fake location I can always do it anytime.
If not, it is best to change the APP, since Grindr does not have a good reputation in the face of competition, not least because in the past the CEO of the company was anti gay, then he came with excuses, yea, because the money speaks louder, in fact, this an act of falsehood, o real fake
Why can't they still require the location but let us fine tune it say within 100 miles. Like I wanna meet someond tonight in Milwaukee, but I have to wait until I drive there tonight and it will be too late. Not trying to turn it on up here in Oshkosh and have the locals bug me at work.
Im so soooo disappointed! Do programmers think of all the gays living in homophobic countries (and sadly there are more of them than the liberal ones), living in small towns, not big cities... - and we CAN'T CHANGE OUR LOCATION?!?! Maybe you stopped scammers, but you also made a way for bullies and gay hunters - yes, if I go on grindr, a bully can hunt me and will always see me on same distance, it happened before. Also if I plan to travel, ofc I want to see boys from there and get into some touch... WHATS THE POINT OF GAY DATING APP IF WE CAN'T CONNECT WITH OTHER MEN?!?! Sorry grindr, but if you don't change it back, you will turn to least popular gay app very quickly, trust me.
Im really dissapointed with new policy of grndr which cant enable using fake gps, i think i just want stop using grndr now,
Hope every body who can read this comment to follow my step to stop using grndr. They not care so let move to another app.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this one is pretty easy to figure out. The “programmers” working for grindr can’t keep up with the hundreds or thousands of hacker/fake/bots flooding this app, all of which use some sort of gps spoofing trickery. Those bots affect nearly every single user of this platform, making this a situation of “the good of the many over the good of the few”.
It is a shame!! Again "gps simulation" is disabled; 2 months ago, its use was enabled, but in the last update it is blocked, we need to be safer when we go to the street. It is not nice to walk and be followed with insults or threats. Please we need it to be enabled again and to be part of the application options, so we should not download external applications.
I live in Middle East thanks Grindr for putting me at risk now I unable to fake location. I cancel Grindr Extra and Ap. Use Scruff. They not put your live at risk.
Shame Grindr doesn't support mock GPS. If no change app will change to another which supports (PlanetRomeo).
I live in area where has been cases about gay hunters and beaters. Not wanting to be the next one thanks for Grindr's decisions.
Hey been disabled mock location for grindr is meaningless because that's only way that grindr do help alot of people like me so you need to think again grindr is not useful without the mock location so you need to let the grindr app to accept mock location again!
It stops all the bots and fake accounts by a long way.
Thanks for not allowing the use of a fake gps, my ex has been hacking and stalking me. This is a real safety issue! Thanks
Tried using fake gps but wouldn’t work, so I guess it’s just goodbye Grindr to me. I’m switching to some other app.
Apparently the company cares about profit than the user's safety. Im switching to other application now.
Hey it's working on mock location now....
Homosexuality is a crime in mh contry and they are police in grindr who looking for gays and for escort
I think its time to leave this app
Grindr Support today:
"We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause but we will not allow the use of third-party location services. The Grindr app will only allow the GPS function that's already included on your device. Kind regards"
Good bye grindr
Grinder Support, this is very important:
"The best advice is to install a fake-location app, and spoof your location to a place nearby. By doing this, adversaries might still be able to globally identify in which neighborhood you live, but at least they will not find out in which house you stay, or in whose bed you sleep"
Any update about this?