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Previous Next Hide Grid. By Chloe Sargeant. An Indigenous university student has started sharing the frequent racist messages he receives on gay dating app, Grindr to show the wider community how common racist dialogue is on dating platforms, particularly in the gay scene.
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While Bumble and Grindr deny using image recognition-based algorithms to suggest partners visually similar to ones that users have already expressed an interest in, many users suspect that some apps do. Crucially, no app is likely to deliberately dumb down its algorithm to produce worse matches, even if it may help prevent racist behaviour. Bumble hopes to change user behaviour by example.
Zumwalt said Grindr had carefully discussed removing the ethnicity filter, but were hesitant to get rid of it. But to Keodara, the arguments against the decision are problematic.
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Our Standards: Disappointingly Grindr has often been slow to act though — meaning sexual racism is still present on the app. By not tackling those problems in society, however, — for example cracking down on offensive speech — apps can act as enablers for racism and insecurity. Post-Castro Cuba and the cult of personality — Egham, Surrey.
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