Impersonating Profiles on Grindr
|Impersonating Profiles on Grindr|
|Short Title||Grindr Allows People to Create Fake and Impersonating Profiles|
|Taxonomy||Appropriation, Distortion, Insecurity, Disclosure|
|Information||Identifying, Contact, Location, Sexual, Physical Characteristics|
|Threat Actors||Grindr LLC|
|Affected||Users of Grindr|
|High Risk Groups||LGBTQ|
|Secondary Consequences||Anxiety, Embarrassment, Lost Opportunity, Ostracism|
Queer geosocial app Grindr was found to allow people to create fake and impersonating profiles. It can be used against individuals for stalking and harassment.
The impersonating profiles told them that he had drugs to share and wanted to role-play rape fantasies. Distortion
This person reported it to Grindr over 100 times. When a court order demanded Grindr to exclude Matthew’s ex from using their product, they said they didn’t have the technology to do so. This can be interpreted as Insecurity
This case challenged Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which tech companies claim exempts them from being liable for harm that happens on their platforms.
The District Court dismissed of Herrick’s claims. On August 7, 2019, a petition for certiorari with the Supreme Court of the United States was filed.
Another example of a similar privacy violation happened in 2017, when two North Carolina high school students created a fake profile and solicited a nude photo from their teacher, and then distributed the picture throughout the school.Disclosure
The teacher was at first suspended and then transferred.