I would like for Grindr to implement stricter verification for new and existing users in an effort to combat underage individuals posing as adults, bots, etc. I've heard a number of stories of men who have chatted with individuals who they thought were of legal age, only to find out upon meeting them that they're some horny teen. I'm proposing the implementation of verification measures such as ID (Government issued, driver's license, passport, etc), bank account, submitting a facial selfie with a piece of paper visible displaying a verification code, email verification, as well as changing the age requirements to make it so users must be 21 or older to join Grindr. If this is implemented, I'm hoping this sparks a new trend across the internet where sites implement strict verification measurements in an effort to keep minors off the internet.
I'd also like for all new and existing profiles be required to have face pictures of the user with a verification code displayed, with failure to do so resulting in immediate account termination. It should also be a requirement for both new and existing members to fill out their profiles as well
Rob Schellinger commented
I find it helps to ask their age up front when the profile says "18". They usually admit to their real age. Don't know that it always works, but several have owned up.
Billy Estrada commented
Yes, please. I'm 18 and old enough to use this app but I'm tired of people reporting me for being underage. I wish there was a way I could show Grindr I'm old enough to consent.
I think 18+ is fine but verification needs to be done so under-age can't sign up
I have been very adamant about age verification and restrictions.
100% agree! I found my 13YO son on here posing as an 18yo.
Proof of age (and identity) with driver’s license or passport should be required. I have quit Grindr a few times over concerns about underage people messaging me. If they send nudes I could end up in prison.
JAMES H commented
Once again I don't see why everyone continues to think that more rules and stricter enforcement is the way to fix things. Over the last hundred years that's exactly what we've been trying to do over and over again with every single issue that we've had and it's not only not worked but gotten extremely worse. So we need to have alternative methods to keep our children safe and pure like putting them to work and giving them more responsibility and letting them actually go into adulthood Wednesday start showing that they are no longer acting like a child. People say well my teenagers are so immature how could I expect them to be able to handle all that responsibility and the reason is because you didn't get that responsibility to them when they were supposed to get it when they were 13 or 16 or whatever
The answer isn't stricter verification laws the answer is one of several options we need to have parenting get a lot better and parents need to watch what their children do a lot more instead of being lazy and just letting them do whatever. And the dynamics of the family have changed to be centered around the kids being over protected and bubble wrapped and getting everything attainable they can get. Back when children were innocent and they were overworked and didn't get to play that was why we got rid of the child labor stuff because it was cruel to children back then nowadays we have much more humane working environments and we have a lot broader misbehaving children we could put to work
I agree, we need something to limit fakes, spambots, and illegal activities like prostitution baiting. I'm tired of this dude creating "bot" profiles with all those violations, every few hours (!!). Even if I keep reporting him and all his accounts get banned in a few hours, he keeps recreating them non stop. I kid you not, this guy (yes, it's just one guy using Bluestacks and fake gps) has made over 2000 accounts over the past few months.
Put a stop to bullshit like this and set in place something to perma ban users that were already found guilty of recreating the same shit over and over. We shouldn't be the ones constantly reporting them because the system can't preemptively lock them out.
Lexi Sux commented
😮 kinda concerning about all this worrying (confusion?) about the age of consent by adults who are not affected by it anyways, since they are over that age anyways ( I assume?)
But I think grindr & other businesses small or big (the ones who ultimately will be held responsible if something goes wrong ) should be able to reduce the chances of getting held responsible for something having gone wrong that they didn’t actually have anything to do with.
Many adult sites I use actually require users to be 21+ to avoid any confusion and to protect themselves and their users even though the law only requires 18+
It also would not be doing the LGBTQUIA+ community ANY favors in this political climate right now and would only get used against an entire group of people by saying it’s “grooming”
And with all the other conversations on this site with gay men saying they think grindr should stop letting straight people use the app, stop letting cis or trans women use the app and kick off all the guys writing “trans only”
( meanwhile they have no fats, no fems as the only thing in their bio lol jk-ish)
But it would be extremely difficult for grindr to argue how that wasn’t or couldn’t possibly be “grooming” since again users all over this site are mad about anyone using the app not only looking to have sex and be ready for it when u r on the app and how that’s all it is for.
Looking at this website and even social media there are seemingly a large number of LGBTQUIA+ people who are NOT asking for acceptance and they don’t seem to want to be understood or include anyone outside their own idea of who the LGBTQ community should or shouldn’t include and just want to coexist amongst the people below them.
I’m sure this isn’t most people but on social media right now it is the people getting highlighted by the media and used everyone else.
It just isn’t the time to be worried about the age of consent for a app users claim to only be a sex app (for gay men)
I think soon a lot of companies will start requiring all users be 18+ because having younger people on any platform online has become a HUGE liability with major consequences and FOSTA SESTA has made it all even more scarier
Parents are not utilizing any parental controls to help make sure their children don’t access anything. They will just hand them anything and let them do whatever they want with it and some companies like pornhub have spent MILLIONS on technology to prevent children from accessing its site but most rely on a child having used their real age when signing up for their email / apple id/ or the parents having utilized one of the MANY free control features offered by so many people trying to make things easier to protect their own children.
As of now even though terms of service and such set in place by websites or apps is legally binding, it’s not actually against the law to violate the rules they set in place and there’s no chance of getting in trouble for breaking rules BUT if your app or site gets used by someone who then breaks the law the business can and has been found fully responsible for its users actions (example: backpage, cityxguide)
I think the courts in cases of children should start allowing business who have children breaking their rules risking their livelihood and freedom to seek legal action against parents neglecting to protect their children from potentially harmful material
LUIS ARMANDO MARTINEZ MORALES (LÆR) commented
Personally I´ve been dealing lately with people askimg me "How many damn grindr profiles do I use/have?" Many guys arround the city I´m kinda new to have been spoting fake anonimous profiles using my own grindr pictures. I haven´t been able to spot them my selg but, as users of this app we should be able to protect our identity from this thiefhs and cafish people that could get us into really bad troubles o even ilegal situations pretending to be us, and also to the victims of those people how pretend to be ourselves. (I used to be so annoyed by blanck profiles with no pics o just headless torsos, why whud people be so scared to show themselves as they are, WELL, I`ll tell you this, I can now see why.)
GRINDR, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!
Anon Feedback commented
This is exactly why we need age verification. This 17 year old just stated he allegedly had a conversation with his cop uncle who told him it’s okay to be on Grindr. It’s not. Not only is it against the TOS for using the app, but it presents several other issues including these two main points:
1) When the 17yo shares or receives a nude (federal law applies, not state). That can land someone in prison for a long time. Do not confuse age of consent with 2257/age of majority for nudity.
2) Instances where minors are on the app places the app at risk for being removed from Google/Apple store, and we all suffer. In addition to the Grindr’s TOS, the app stores have their own TOS, which doesn’t care about age of consent—they care about child p laws and 2257 compliance.
Captain Cruel commented
No one is forcing you to show your face , grindr itself should verify you, why would that force down low people to show their faces ?
The raising of the age to 21 is not cool either I'm 18 and by law I'm old enough to be on here and I'm a paid prescriber for grinder and if you raise the age to 21 you owe money to a lot of guys that are 18 19 and 20
Jay B commented
i like this. would also help reduce reports against profiles that are for someone who is a 'c'orn star but gets kicked off because someone thinks they are fake.
A verification option much like what some other apps do would be useful, so you verify who you are by taking pictures with hands in certain positions etc would be good to verify against existing pics, and then have a blue tick. However for those people who do not want face pics on, for whatever reason, just coming out, unsure of their sexuality etc, having a blanket rule for verifying would make it difficult for them.
If you're not sure the person is who they say they are, there's an option to video call within the app, or even just send a video or expiring pic as neither of those allow you to upload, but has to be a live pic / video.
As for the 21 yrs old bit, that again wouldn't work or even be fair ion many countries. In the UK, age of consent is 16, but they have to wait until they are 18 to use the app (or should be doing at least) so they are over the age of consent and are legally adults who can do anything any other adult can including drinking and watching 'adult' movies. However is someone chose to meet with someone over the age of 16 then there's nothing illegal.
Verification is urgently needed. I'm sick of these hundreds of fake profiles plaguing this app. Fix it now Grindr. I pay enough for this shit sh***y app
Legal age of consent,. You don't have to be able to go to bar and drink to have sex or meet.
Jonas De Rijcker commented
A system of validation to ensure you’re talking to a real profile and the pictures on his profile are from him.
TOO MANY FAKE PROFILES! Grindr needs account verification like the other apps. Either do text message verification with a code or require users to copy a random pose in a photo submission. Also require users to have a clear face photo. Guys may want to be discreet IRL but show yourself on Grindr!
Stafford Green commented
The option for online video scoping to members that are proven patrons of Grindr