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Grindr Wants Your Email Address Now

Goodbye anonymity!

Culture

Staff
July 29, 2013

You may have noticed on Grindr some users are thousands of miles away, always up for chatting, and no matter what you say the conversation leads to a webcam site. Welcome to the world of spambots! These accounts are “designed to lure credulous users into turning over their credit-card information. The links all point to questionable webcam sites with names like MyPassionPit, MyGayCamCrush and GaySliceCrush,” writes the Verge.

But how to solve it? “Grindr is well aware of, and addresses, the spambot issue in a number of ways,” the company said in an email to the website. And soon, an update will be released that requires users to provide an email address in order for account verification. The only problem is that Grindr was based on anonymity and an email address would change that; however, many other services such as Scruff and Jack’d already seek email addresses.

[The Verge]