Dating for transvestites
Tinder worked with GLAAD’s Nick Adams, trans activist Andrea James and the creative team of “Transparent” to ensure that the solution met the evolving needs of the extremely diverse trans community.
Trans folks, however, remain the most vulnerable segment of the LGBT community, despite their extremely small numbers.Many transgender people have been historically banned from the app, which asks users to report any “inappropriate behavior.” That self-policing, intended to filter out spambots and catfishers, allowed users to file complaints en masse about trans people — even though they weren’t doing anything wrong.Because it can be difficult to separate valid complaints from outright trolling, trans Tinder users frequently found themselves blocked due to false reporting.Users shouldn’t have to choose between their safety and their participation.Tinder should be applauded for listening to the concerns of the trans community and working to bring dating into the 21st century.If users are able to pinpoint the location of transgender people in their neighborhood, they could exploit that same technology to target them for violence.
For those unfamiliar, Tinder works by matching users with other people who live in their general vicinity.
If you don’t, the straight man could react violently and possibly put you in danger.
At this point, it would be a good idea to contact PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) because it can put you in touch with resources to help you through your journey.
To prove how simple it was to make the app into a digital bounty hunter, about Grindr, the hookup app used by 6 million men around the world: “The programming interface that makes [location] information available can be hacked by sending Grindr rapid queries that falsely supply different locations of the requesting user.
By using three separate fictitious locations, an attacker can map the other users' precise location using the In its recent note to users, Tinder said that it is “learning to be a better ally” to LGBT people.
The trouble with Tinder, though, is precisely the thing that separates it from social-media platforms like Facebook and Ok Cupid: The app uses geolocation software to match up users with other singles in their area.