Grindr, the popular gay dating app, is removing the ethnicity filter on the platform today. This decision comes to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests across the US over police brutality against black individuals. These controversial filters allowed users who paid the ability to avoid seeing people of certain ethnicities.
Although the company discussed removing filters in 2018, no change was made. The app’s team wanted to discuss this modification with users first and believed that the filters allowed people in minority groups to match with each other more easily.
The company issued a statement today: “We will not be silent, and we will not be inactive. We will continue to fight racism on Grindr, both through dialogue with our community and a zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech on our platform.”
Grindr said it will announce plans to celebrate Pride Month but that “Pride this year has an added responsibility, a shifted tone, and a new priority that will be reflected in our programming — support and solidarity for queer people of color and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”
Researchers have found that people of color are rejected more often than white people on dating apps. Even though the app’s change may discourage discrimination based on race, it doesn’t mean that users will start matching with people of different races more. However, it is a good step in making POC’s experiences more enjoyable and similar to white users.