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Grindr, the world’s main homosexual courting app, is warning its customers in Egypt that police are allegedly utilizing faux accounts to entrap these searching for dates on the platform, after a spike in arrests of LGBTQ folks final weekend.

“Now we have been alerted that Egyptian police is actively making arrests of homosexual, bi, and trans folks on digital platforms,” mentioned a security submit that Grindr has been sending, hourly since Monday, to its customers in Egypt. “They’re utilizing faux accounts and have additionally taken over accounts from actual neighborhood members who’ve already been arrested and had their telephones taken.”

The submit additionally says: “Please take further warning each on-line and offline, together with with accounts that will have appeared authentic previously.”

Egyptian authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Washington Submit couldn’t independently confirm Grindr’s claims.

Patrick Lenihan, head of world communications at Grindr, mentioned in an emailed assertion that the corporate is working with teams on the bottom to maintain customers protected and “pushing worldwide organizations and governments to demand justice and security for the Egyptian LGBTQ neighborhood.”

After debuting in 2009, Grindr shortly surged in reputation. It attracts about 12 million month-to-month lively customers, based on firm information.

Grindr and different platforms like it may be a significant supply of connection for LGBTQ communities in locations the place being homosexual is stigmatized or criminalized, and searching for connections in individual is very harmful.

However a report last month by Human Rights Watch outlined how “state actors and personal people” in 5 nations within the Center East and North Africa — together with Egypt — have “entrapped” LGBTQ folks on courting apps.

Post Exclusive: Catholic group spent millions on app data that tracked gay priests

Grindr says it has not less than a whole lot of 1000’s of customers in Egypt, the place LGTBQ folks have lengthy confronted crackdowns and police entrapment, based on human rights organizations. (Grindr posted a similar warning to Egyptian users in 2014.) Earlier than this week, Grindr was sending a extra basic, every day security message within the nation; however the app made the message extra particular and extra typically after native rights teams knowledgeable them that dozens of homosexual folks had been reportedly arrested over the weekend, Lenihan mentioned.

Whereas homosexuality shouldn’t be criminalized in Egypt, officers have used “public morality” legal guidelines that punish “debauchery” as a authorized foundation for prosecuting males who’re suspected of same-sex relations, based on the worldwide assist group Amera Worldwide.

The U.S. State Division famous “important human rights” points in Egypt in a 2021 report, together with credible accounts of violence “focusing on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex individuals and use of the legislation to arrest and prosecute arbitrarily such individuals.”

In its latest report, HRW mentioned that instances it examined in Egypt prompt, “a coverage coordinated by the Egyptian authorities, each on-line and offline, to persecute LGBT folks.”

Throughout one reported occasion, a 27-year-old homosexual man from Egypt instructed HRW he was arrested whereas assembly a person from Grindr in Giza. He was allegedly held in a “morality ward” with no meals or water and overwhelmed till he confessed to “working towards debauchery.”

“After they got here again with a police report, I used to be shocked to see the man I met on Grindr is likely one of the officers,” he mentioned.

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HRW, which has reported that these alleged instances of internet entrapment in Egypt return to 2001, has accused digital platforms, together with Grindr, of “not doing sufficient to guard customers susceptible to digital focusing on.”

Lenihan, the Grindr spokesperson, emphasised that safety instruments have been developed to maintain customers protected, though discussing them publicly may threaten their efficacy.

Grindr has operated in a number of nations the place being LGBTQ can have critical penalties, together with Iraq and Tunisia. It has despatched security messages to customers in 90 nations.

Kyle Rempfer contributed to this report.

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Grindr, the world’s main homosexual courting app, is warning its customers in Egypt that police are allegedly utilizing faux accounts to entrap these searching for dates on the platform, after a spike in arrests of LGBTQ folks final weekend.

“Now we have been alerted that Egyptian police is actively making arrests of homosexual, bi, and trans folks on digital platforms,” mentioned a security submit that Grindr has been sending, hourly since Monday, to its customers in Egypt. “They’re utilizing faux accounts and have additionally taken over accounts from actual neighborhood members who’ve already been arrested and had their telephones taken.”

The submit additionally says: “Please take further warning each on-line and offline, together with with accounts that will have appeared authentic previously.”

Egyptian authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Washington Submit couldn’t independently confirm Grindr’s claims.

Patrick Lenihan, head of world communications at Grindr, mentioned in an emailed assertion that the corporate is working with teams on the bottom to maintain customers protected and “pushing worldwide organizations and governments to demand justice and security for the Egyptian LGBTQ neighborhood.”

After debuting in 2009, Grindr shortly surged in reputation. It attracts about 12 million month-to-month lively customers, based on firm information.

Grindr and different platforms like it may be a significant supply of connection for LGBTQ communities in locations the place being homosexual is stigmatized or criminalized, and searching for connections in individual is very harmful.

However a report last month by Human Rights Watch outlined how “state actors and personal people” in 5 nations within the Center East and North Africa — together with Egypt — have “entrapped” LGBTQ folks on courting apps.

Post Exclusive: Catholic group spent millions on app data that tracked gay priests

Grindr says it has not less than a whole lot of 1000’s of customers in Egypt, the place LGTBQ folks have lengthy confronted crackdowns and police entrapment, based on human rights organizations. (Grindr posted a similar warning to Egyptian users in 2014.) Earlier than this week, Grindr was sending a extra basic, every day security message within the nation; however the app made the message extra particular and extra typically after native rights teams knowledgeable them that dozens of homosexual folks had been reportedly arrested over the weekend, Lenihan mentioned.

Whereas homosexuality shouldn’t be criminalized in Egypt, officers have used “public morality” legal guidelines that punish “debauchery” as a authorized foundation for prosecuting males who’re suspected of same-sex relations, based on the worldwide assist group Amera Worldwide.

The U.S. State Division famous “important human rights” points in Egypt in a 2021 report, together with credible accounts of violence “focusing on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex individuals and use of the legislation to arrest and prosecute arbitrarily such individuals.”

In its latest report, HRW mentioned that instances it examined in Egypt prompt, “a coverage coordinated by the Egyptian authorities, each on-line and offline, to persecute LGBT folks.”

Throughout one reported occasion, a 27-year-old homosexual man from Egypt instructed HRW he was arrested whereas assembly a person from Grindr in Giza. He was allegedly held in a “morality ward” with no meals or water and overwhelmed till he confessed to “working towards debauchery.”

“After they got here again with a police report, I used to be shocked to see the man I met on Grindr is likely one of the officers,” he mentioned.

Finding love, sex and harassment on dating apps

HRW, which has reported that these alleged instances of internet entrapment in Egypt return to 2001, has accused digital platforms, together with Grindr, of “not doing sufficient to guard customers susceptible to digital focusing on.”

Lenihan, the Grindr spokesperson, emphasised that safety instruments have been developed to maintain customers protected, though discussing them publicly may threaten their efficacy.

Grindr has operated in a number of nations the place being LGBTQ can have critical penalties, together with Iraq and Tunisia. It has despatched security messages to customers in 90 nations.

Kyle Rempfer contributed to this report.

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Grindr, the world’s main homosexual courting app, is warning its customers in Egypt that police are allegedly utilizing faux accounts to entrap these searching for dates on the platform, after a spike in arrests of LGBTQ folks final weekend.

“Now we have been alerted that Egyptian police is actively making arrests of homosexual, bi, and trans folks on digital platforms,” mentioned a security submit that Grindr has been sending, hourly since Monday, to its customers in Egypt. “They’re utilizing faux accounts and have additionally taken over accounts from actual neighborhood members who’ve already been arrested and had their telephones taken.”

The submit additionally says: “Please take further warning each on-line and offline, together with with accounts that will have appeared authentic previously.”

Egyptian authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Washington Submit couldn’t independently confirm Grindr’s claims.

Patrick Lenihan, head of world communications at Grindr, mentioned in an emailed assertion that the corporate is working with teams on the bottom to maintain customers protected and “pushing worldwide organizations and governments to demand justice and security for the Egyptian LGBTQ neighborhood.”

After debuting in 2009, Grindr shortly surged in reputation. It attracts about 12 million month-to-month lively customers, based on firm information.

Grindr and different platforms like it may be a significant supply of connection for LGBTQ communities in locations the place being homosexual is stigmatized or criminalized, and searching for connections in individual is very harmful.

However a report last month by Human Rights Watch outlined how “state actors and personal people” in 5 nations within the Center East and North Africa — together with Egypt — have “entrapped” LGBTQ folks on courting apps.

Post Exclusive: Catholic group spent millions on app data that tracked gay priests

Grindr says it has not less than a whole lot of 1000’s of customers in Egypt, the place LGTBQ folks have lengthy confronted crackdowns and police entrapment, based on human rights organizations. (Grindr posted a similar warning to Egyptian users in 2014.) Earlier than this week, Grindr was sending a extra basic, every day security message within the nation; however the app made the message extra particular and extra typically after native rights teams knowledgeable them that dozens of homosexual folks had been reportedly arrested over the weekend, Lenihan mentioned.

Whereas homosexuality shouldn’t be criminalized in Egypt, officers have used “public morality” legal guidelines that punish “debauchery” as a authorized foundation for prosecuting males who’re suspected of same-sex relations, based on the worldwide assist group Amera Worldwide.

The U.S. State Division famous “important human rights” points in Egypt in a 2021 report, together with credible accounts of violence “focusing on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex individuals and use of the legislation to arrest and prosecute arbitrarily such individuals.”

In its latest report, HRW mentioned that instances it examined in Egypt prompt, “a coverage coordinated by the Egyptian authorities, each on-line and offline, to persecute LGBT folks.”

Throughout one reported occasion, a 27-year-old homosexual man from Egypt instructed HRW he was arrested whereas assembly a person from Grindr in Giza. He was allegedly held in a “morality ward” with no meals or water and overwhelmed till he confessed to “working towards debauchery.”

“After they got here again with a police report, I used to be shocked to see the man I met on Grindr is likely one of the officers,” he mentioned.

Finding love, sex and harassment on dating apps

HRW, which has reported that these alleged instances of internet entrapment in Egypt return to 2001, has accused digital platforms, together with Grindr, of “not doing sufficient to guard customers susceptible to digital focusing on.”

Lenihan, the Grindr spokesperson, emphasised that safety instruments have been developed to maintain customers protected, though discussing them publicly may threaten their efficacy.

Grindr has operated in a number of nations the place being LGBTQ can have critical penalties, together with Iraq and Tunisia. It has despatched security messages to customers in 90 nations.

Kyle Rempfer contributed to this report.

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Grindr, the world’s main homosexual courting app, is warning its customers in Egypt that police are allegedly utilizing faux accounts to entrap these searching for dates on the platform, after a spike in arrests of LGBTQ folks final weekend.

“Now we have been alerted that Egyptian police is actively making arrests of homosexual, bi, and trans folks on digital platforms,” mentioned a security submit that Grindr has been sending, hourly since Monday, to its customers in Egypt. “They’re utilizing faux accounts and have additionally taken over accounts from actual neighborhood members who’ve already been arrested and had their telephones taken.”

The submit additionally says: “Please take further warning each on-line and offline, together with with accounts that will have appeared authentic previously.”

Egyptian authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Washington Submit couldn’t independently confirm Grindr’s claims.

Patrick Lenihan, head of world communications at Grindr, mentioned in an emailed assertion that the corporate is working with teams on the bottom to maintain customers protected and “pushing worldwide organizations and governments to demand justice and security for the Egyptian LGBTQ neighborhood.”

After debuting in 2009, Grindr shortly surged in reputation. It attracts about 12 million month-to-month lively customers, based on firm information.

Grindr and different platforms like it may be a significant supply of connection for LGBTQ communities in locations the place being homosexual is stigmatized or criminalized, and searching for connections in individual is very harmful.

However a report last month by Human Rights Watch outlined how “state actors and personal people” in 5 nations within the Center East and North Africa — together with Egypt — have “entrapped” LGBTQ folks on courting apps.

Post Exclusive: Catholic group spent millions on app data that tracked gay priests

Grindr says it has not less than a whole lot of 1000’s of customers in Egypt, the place LGTBQ folks have lengthy confronted crackdowns and police entrapment, based on human rights organizations. (Grindr posted a similar warning to Egyptian users in 2014.) Earlier than this week, Grindr was sending a extra basic, every day security message within the nation; however the app made the message extra particular and extra typically after native rights teams knowledgeable them that dozens of homosexual folks had been reportedly arrested over the weekend, Lenihan mentioned.

Whereas homosexuality shouldn’t be criminalized in Egypt, officers have used “public morality” legal guidelines that punish “debauchery” as a authorized foundation for prosecuting males who’re suspected of same-sex relations, based on the worldwide assist group Amera Worldwide.

The U.S. State Division famous “important human rights” points in Egypt in a 2021 report, together with credible accounts of violence “focusing on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex individuals and use of the legislation to arrest and prosecute arbitrarily such individuals.”

In its latest report, HRW mentioned that instances it examined in Egypt prompt, “a coverage coordinated by the Egyptian authorities, each on-line and offline, to persecute LGBT folks.”

Throughout one reported occasion, a 27-year-old homosexual man from Egypt instructed HRW he was arrested whereas assembly a person from Grindr in Giza. He was allegedly held in a “morality ward” with no meals or water and overwhelmed till he confessed to “working towards debauchery.”

“After they got here again with a police report, I used to be shocked to see the man I met on Grindr is likely one of the officers,” he mentioned.

Finding love, sex and harassment on dating apps

HRW, which has reported that these alleged instances of internet entrapment in Egypt return to 2001, has accused digital platforms, together with Grindr, of “not doing sufficient to guard customers susceptible to digital focusing on.”

Lenihan, the Grindr spokesperson, emphasised that safety instruments have been developed to maintain customers protected, though discussing them publicly may threaten their efficacy.

Grindr has operated in a number of nations the place being LGBTQ can have critical penalties, together with Iraq and Tunisia. It has despatched security messages to customers in 90 nations.

Kyle Rempfer contributed to this report.

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Grindr, the world’s main homosexual courting app, is warning its customers in Egypt that police are allegedly utilizing faux accounts to entrap these searching for dates on the platform, after a spike in arrests of LGBTQ folks final weekend.

“Now we have been alerted that Egyptian police is actively making arrests of homosexual, bi, and trans folks on digital platforms,” mentioned a security submit that Grindr has been sending, hourly since Monday, to its customers in Egypt. “They’re utilizing faux accounts and have additionally taken over accounts from actual neighborhood members who’ve already been arrested and had their telephones taken.”

The submit additionally says: “Please take further warning each on-line and offline, together with with accounts that will have appeared authentic previously.”

Egyptian authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Washington Submit couldn’t independently confirm Grindr’s claims.

Patrick Lenihan, head of world communications at Grindr, mentioned in an emailed assertion that the corporate is working with teams on the bottom to maintain customers protected and “pushing worldwide organizations and governments to demand justice and security for the Egyptian LGBTQ neighborhood.”

After debuting in 2009, Grindr shortly surged in reputation. It attracts about 12 million month-to-month lively customers, based on firm information.

Grindr and different platforms like it may be a significant supply of connection for LGBTQ communities in locations the place being homosexual is stigmatized or criminalized, and searching for connections in individual is very harmful.

However a report last month by Human Rights Watch outlined how “state actors and personal people” in 5 nations within the Center East and North Africa — together with Egypt — have “entrapped” LGBTQ folks on courting apps.

Post Exclusive: Catholic group spent millions on app data that tracked gay priests

Grindr says it has not less than a whole lot of 1000’s of customers in Egypt, the place LGTBQ folks have lengthy confronted crackdowns and police entrapment, based on human rights organizations. (Grindr posted a similar warning to Egyptian users in 2014.) Earlier than this week, Grindr was sending a extra basic, every day security message within the nation; however the app made the message extra particular and extra typically after native rights teams knowledgeable them that dozens of homosexual folks had been reportedly arrested over the weekend, Lenihan mentioned.

Whereas homosexuality shouldn’t be criminalized in Egypt, officers have used “public morality” legal guidelines that punish “debauchery” as a authorized foundation for prosecuting males who’re suspected of same-sex relations, based on the worldwide assist group Amera Worldwide.

The U.S. State Division famous “important human rights” points in Egypt in a 2021 report, together with credible accounts of violence “focusing on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex individuals and use of the legislation to arrest and prosecute arbitrarily such individuals.”

In its latest report, HRW mentioned that instances it examined in Egypt prompt, “a coverage coordinated by the Egyptian authorities, each on-line and offline, to persecute LGBT folks.”

Throughout one reported occasion, a 27-year-old homosexual man from Egypt instructed HRW he was arrested whereas assembly a person from Grindr in Giza. He was allegedly held in a “morality ward” with no meals or water and overwhelmed till he confessed to “working towards debauchery.”

“After they got here again with a police report, I used to be shocked to see the man I met on Grindr is likely one of the officers,” he mentioned.

Finding love, sex and harassment on dating apps

HRW, which has reported that these alleged instances of internet entrapment in Egypt return to 2001, has accused digital platforms, together with Grindr, of “not doing sufficient to guard customers susceptible to digital focusing on.”

Lenihan, the Grindr spokesperson, emphasised that safety instruments have been developed to maintain customers protected, though discussing them publicly may threaten their efficacy.

Grindr has operated in a number of nations the place being LGBTQ can have critical penalties, together with Iraq and Tunisia. It has despatched security messages to customers in 90 nations.

Kyle Rempfer contributed to this report.

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Grindr, the world’s main homosexual courting app, is warning its customers in Egypt that police are allegedly utilizing faux accounts to entrap these searching for dates on the platform, after a spike in arrests of LGBTQ folks final weekend.

“Now we have been alerted that Egyptian police is actively making arrests of homosexual, bi, and trans folks on digital platforms,” mentioned a security submit that Grindr has been sending, hourly since Monday, to its customers in Egypt. “They’re utilizing faux accounts and have additionally taken over accounts from actual neighborhood members who’ve already been arrested and had their telephones taken.”

The submit additionally says: “Please take further warning each on-line and offline, together with with accounts that will have appeared authentic previously.”

Egyptian authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Washington Submit couldn’t independently confirm Grindr’s claims.

Patrick Lenihan, head of world communications at Grindr, mentioned in an emailed assertion that the corporate is working with teams on the bottom to maintain customers protected and “pushing worldwide organizations and governments to demand justice and security for the Egyptian LGBTQ neighborhood.”

After debuting in 2009, Grindr shortly surged in reputation. It attracts about 12 million month-to-month lively customers, based on firm information.

Grindr and different platforms like it may be a significant supply of connection for LGBTQ communities in locations the place being homosexual is stigmatized or criminalized, and searching for connections in individual is very harmful.

However a report last month by Human Rights Watch outlined how “state actors and personal people” in 5 nations within the Center East and North Africa — together with Egypt — have “entrapped” LGBTQ folks on courting apps.

Post Exclusive: Catholic group spent millions on app data that tracked gay priests

Grindr says it has not less than a whole lot of 1000’s of customers in Egypt, the place LGTBQ folks have lengthy confronted crackdowns and police entrapment, based on human rights organizations. (Grindr posted a similar warning to Egyptian users in 2014.) Earlier than this week, Grindr was sending a extra basic, every day security message within the nation; however the app made the message extra particular and extra typically after native rights teams knowledgeable them that dozens of homosexual folks had been reportedly arrested over the weekend, Lenihan mentioned.

Whereas homosexuality shouldn’t be criminalized in Egypt, officers have used “public morality” legal guidelines that punish “debauchery” as a authorized foundation for prosecuting males who’re suspected of same-sex relations, based on the worldwide assist group Amera Worldwide.

The U.S. State Division famous “important human rights” points in Egypt in a 2021 report, together with credible accounts of violence “focusing on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex individuals and use of the legislation to arrest and prosecute arbitrarily such individuals.”

In its latest report, HRW mentioned that instances it examined in Egypt prompt, “a coverage coordinated by the Egyptian authorities, each on-line and offline, to persecute LGBT folks.”

Throughout one reported occasion, a 27-year-old homosexual man from Egypt instructed HRW he was arrested whereas assembly a person from Grindr in Giza. He was allegedly held in a “morality ward” with no meals or water and overwhelmed till he confessed to “working towards debauchery.”

“After they got here again with a police report, I used to be shocked to see the man I met on Grindr is likely one of the officers,” he mentioned.

Finding love, sex and harassment on dating apps

HRW, which has reported that these alleged instances of internet entrapment in Egypt return to 2001, has accused digital platforms, together with Grindr, of “not doing sufficient to guard customers susceptible to digital focusing on.”

Lenihan, the Grindr spokesperson, emphasised that safety instruments have been developed to maintain customers protected, though discussing them publicly may threaten their efficacy.

Grindr has operated in a number of nations the place being LGBTQ can have critical penalties, together with Iraq and Tunisia. It has despatched security messages to customers in 90 nations.

Kyle Rempfer contributed to this report.

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Grindr, the world’s main homosexual courting app, is warning its customers in Egypt that police are allegedly utilizing faux accounts to entrap these searching for dates on the platform, after a spike in arrests of LGBTQ folks final weekend.

“Now we have been alerted that Egyptian police is actively making arrests of homosexual, bi, and trans folks on digital platforms,” mentioned a security submit that Grindr has been sending, hourly since Monday, to its customers in Egypt. “They’re utilizing faux accounts and have additionally taken over accounts from actual neighborhood members who’ve already been arrested and had their telephones taken.”

The submit additionally says: “Please take further warning each on-line and offline, together with with accounts that will have appeared authentic previously.”

Egyptian authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Washington Submit couldn’t independently confirm Grindr’s claims.

Patrick Lenihan, head of world communications at Grindr, mentioned in an emailed assertion that the corporate is working with teams on the bottom to maintain customers protected and “pushing worldwide organizations and governments to demand justice and security for the Egyptian LGBTQ neighborhood.”

After debuting in 2009, Grindr shortly surged in reputation. It attracts about 12 million month-to-month lively customers, based on firm information.

Grindr and different platforms like it may be a significant supply of connection for LGBTQ communities in locations the place being homosexual is stigmatized or criminalized, and searching for connections in individual is very harmful.

However a report last month by Human Rights Watch outlined how “state actors and personal people” in 5 nations within the Center East and North Africa — together with Egypt — have “entrapped” LGBTQ folks on courting apps.

Post Exclusive: Catholic group spent millions on app data that tracked gay priests

Grindr says it has not less than a whole lot of 1000’s of customers in Egypt, the place LGTBQ folks have lengthy confronted crackdowns and police entrapment, based on human rights organizations. (Grindr posted a similar warning to Egyptian users in 2014.) Earlier than this week, Grindr was sending a extra basic, every day security message within the nation; however the app made the message extra particular and extra typically after native rights teams knowledgeable them that dozens of homosexual folks had been reportedly arrested over the weekend, Lenihan mentioned.

Whereas homosexuality shouldn’t be criminalized in Egypt, officers have used “public morality” legal guidelines that punish “debauchery” as a authorized foundation for prosecuting males who’re suspected of same-sex relations, based on the worldwide assist group Amera Worldwide.

The U.S. State Division famous “important human rights” points in Egypt in a 2021 report, together with credible accounts of violence “focusing on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex individuals and use of the legislation to arrest and prosecute arbitrarily such individuals.”

In its latest report, HRW mentioned that instances it examined in Egypt prompt, “a coverage coordinated by the Egyptian authorities, each on-line and offline, to persecute LGBT folks.”

Throughout one reported occasion, a 27-year-old homosexual man from Egypt instructed HRW he was arrested whereas assembly a person from Grindr in Giza. He was allegedly held in a “morality ward” with no meals or water and overwhelmed till he confessed to “working towards debauchery.”

“After they got here again with a police report, I used to be shocked to see the man I met on Grindr is likely one of the officers,” he mentioned.

Finding love, sex and harassment on dating apps

HRW, which has reported that these alleged instances of internet entrapment in Egypt return to 2001, has accused digital platforms, together with Grindr, of “not doing sufficient to guard customers susceptible to digital focusing on.”

Lenihan, the Grindr spokesperson, emphasised that safety instruments have been developed to maintain customers protected, though discussing them publicly may threaten their efficacy.

Grindr has operated in a number of nations the place being LGBTQ can have critical penalties, together with Iraq and Tunisia. It has despatched security messages to customers in 90 nations.

Kyle Rempfer contributed to this report.

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Grindr, the world’s main homosexual courting app, is warning its customers in Egypt that police are allegedly utilizing faux accounts to entrap these searching for dates on the platform, after a spike in arrests of LGBTQ folks final weekend.

“Now we have been alerted that Egyptian police is actively making arrests of homosexual, bi, and trans folks on digital platforms,” mentioned a security submit that Grindr has been sending, hourly since Monday, to its customers in Egypt. “They’re utilizing faux accounts and have additionally taken over accounts from actual neighborhood members who’ve already been arrested and had their telephones taken.”

The submit additionally says: “Please take further warning each on-line and offline, together with with accounts that will have appeared authentic previously.”

Egyptian authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Washington Submit couldn’t independently confirm Grindr’s claims.

Patrick Lenihan, head of world communications at Grindr, mentioned in an emailed assertion that the corporate is working with teams on the bottom to maintain customers protected and “pushing worldwide organizations and governments to demand justice and security for the Egyptian LGBTQ neighborhood.”

After debuting in 2009, Grindr shortly surged in reputation. It attracts about 12 million month-to-month lively customers, based on firm information.

Grindr and different platforms like it may be a significant supply of connection for LGBTQ communities in locations the place being homosexual is stigmatized or criminalized, and searching for connections in individual is very harmful.

However a report last month by Human Rights Watch outlined how “state actors and personal people” in 5 nations within the Center East and North Africa — together with Egypt — have “entrapped” LGBTQ folks on courting apps.

Post Exclusive: Catholic group spent millions on app data that tracked gay priests

Grindr says it has not less than a whole lot of 1000’s of customers in Egypt, the place LGTBQ folks have lengthy confronted crackdowns and police entrapment, based on human rights organizations. (Grindr posted a similar warning to Egyptian users in 2014.) Earlier than this week, Grindr was sending a extra basic, every day security message within the nation; however the app made the message extra particular and extra typically after native rights teams knowledgeable them that dozens of homosexual folks had been reportedly arrested over the weekend, Lenihan mentioned.

Whereas homosexuality shouldn’t be criminalized in Egypt, officers have used “public morality” legal guidelines that punish “debauchery” as a authorized foundation for prosecuting males who’re suspected of same-sex relations, based on the worldwide assist group Amera Worldwide.

The U.S. State Division famous “important human rights” points in Egypt in a 2021 report, together with credible accounts of violence “focusing on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex individuals and use of the legislation to arrest and prosecute arbitrarily such individuals.”

In its latest report, HRW mentioned that instances it examined in Egypt prompt, “a coverage coordinated by the Egyptian authorities, each on-line and offline, to persecute LGBT folks.”

Throughout one reported occasion, a 27-year-old homosexual man from Egypt instructed HRW he was arrested whereas assembly a person from Grindr in Giza. He was allegedly held in a “morality ward” with no meals or water and overwhelmed till he confessed to “working towards debauchery.”

“After they got here again with a police report, I used to be shocked to see the man I met on Grindr is likely one of the officers,” he mentioned.

Finding love, sex and harassment on dating apps

HRW, which has reported that these alleged instances of internet entrapment in Egypt return to 2001, has accused digital platforms, together with Grindr, of “not doing sufficient to guard customers susceptible to digital focusing on.”

Lenihan, the Grindr spokesperson, emphasised that safety instruments have been developed to maintain customers protected, though discussing them publicly may threaten their efficacy.

Grindr has operated in a number of nations the place being LGBTQ can have critical penalties, together with Iraq and Tunisia. It has despatched security messages to customers in 90 nations.

Kyle Rempfer contributed to this report.

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