Several social media users are potentially endangering the lives of closeted LGBTQ+ Olympics athletes by sharing screenshots of their Grindr profiles to TikTok and Twitter.
In several TikTok videos reviewed by TheGailyGrind, Grindr users are shown setting their location near the Tokyo Olympic Village via the app’s “Explore” feature.
From there, the users screen record their interactions with what appear to be Olympic athletes on the app, revealing the identities of several athletes. Insider notes that several of the interactions included “many of whom are not yet out, or representing countries wherein homosexuality is illegal or discriminated against. At least ten videos of the sort have been shared to TikTok, while four have been posted on Twitter.”
“One TikTok in particular has gone viral, with at least 140,000 views at the time of publication,” reports Insider. “In the clip, the user navigates to Tokyo’s Olympic Village and scrolls over 30 Olympic athletes’ profiles, revealing athletes’ faces, names, and other personal information in the process. Therefore, this user outed at least 30 people to the world at large — at least one of whom was confirmed to represent a country wherein homosexuality is considered illegal.”
“I used Grindr’s explore feature to find myself an Olympian boyfriend,” the video is captioned.
“Gay culture in Japan still isn’t supported. Don’t put these peeps in jeopardy just to get off on the other side of the world,” one commenter wrote. Another wrote: “Dude. Delete this. Some people are from countries where they could face serious consequences. Quit being a creep.”
“Let’s not show people’s faces on Grindr without their permission. That’s hella dangerous,” another user wrote.
The video’s poster then responded to this criticism with “appreciate you bringing this concern to the community’s attention.” The video remains visible on the app as of Wednesday afternoon.
Both Grindr and Twitter have issued statements condemning the videos.
“These individuals are in breach of Grindr’s Terms and Conditions of Service which prohibit them from publicly displaying, publishing, or otherwise distributing any content or information that are part of the Grindr services,” a spokesperson for Grindr said in a statement. “Out of respect for our users’ privacy, and out of respect for the contractual commitments these individuals made, Grindr demands that these individuals remove their social media posts that include images from the Grindr platform.”
Twitter said the postings “violated the Twitter Rules against hateful conduct and will need to be removed before the account owners can continue to use Twitter.”