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The app is also considering the removal of options that allow users to filter potential dates by race.
Racism has long been a problem on Grindr: a 2015 paper by researchers in Australia found 96% of users had viewed at least one profile that included some sort of racial discrimination, and more than half believed they’d been victims of racism.
More than one in eight admitted they included text on their profile indicating they themselves discriminated on the basis of race.
Earlier this month, Grindr announced a “zero-tolerance” policy on racism and discrimination, threatening to ban users who use racist language.“Over the years I’ve had some pretty harrowing experiences,” says Keodara.“You run across these profiles that say ‘no Asians’ or ‘I’m not attracted to Asians’.“The apps have the resources and should be capable of holding people accountable when they behave in a racist or discriminatory way.If they choose not to, they’re complicit in that.” Noble is uncertain about the efficacy of drawing up a list of forbidden words.
“Reducing it down in the simplest forms to a text-based curation of words that can and can’t be used, I haven’t yet seen the evidence that this will solve that problem,” she says.