A Grindr user alleges a former partner impersonated him on the app. In a case of Grindr harassment, the man invited 1000 men to the complainant’s house and workplace over several months.
New York-based actor Matthew Herrick alleges in a lawsuit that an ex-partner he met on the app and began dating in 2015 created fake profiles using his photos.
He claims the ex then gave Grindr users the addresses of his apartment and his workplace and invited them for sex.
He claims in January, one suitor entered his home and attacked his roommate when asked to leave.
When the roommate threatened to call the police, before the man ‘lunged’ at him and began wrestling him, TMZ reported.
Herrick complained about the fear occasioned by the situation in documents filed with the court.
He spoke of his “constant state of hyper-vigilance.” He worried “somebody will make good on threats to attack or rape [me].”
Fake profiles used for Grindr harassment
According to the court documents seen by CNN, users flagged the fake profiles more than 100 times. The users claim Grindr responded to the flaggings with automatic replies. Those replies simply stated, “Thank you for your report.” Herrick says he also reported the situation to police several times.
In its terms of service, Grindr claims not to permit accounts impersonating other people or entities.
In a statement to CNN, Grindr said it’s “committed to creating a safe environment through a system of digital and human screening tools, while also encouraging users to report suspicious and threatening activities.”
“We are constantly improving upon this process,” the company said. “It is important to remember that Grindr is an open platform.”
“Grindr cooperates with law enforcement on a regular basis and does not condone abusive or violent behavior.”
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