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Grindr joins the WeProtect Global Alliance and The Tech Coalition to help protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse online

Bill Shafton
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November 16, 2023
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Grindr joins the WeProtect Global Alliance
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The privacy and safety of our users is paramount to how we think about building services for the Grindr community. Much as we are a community-focused app, we know that it is through community that we will develop the most effective tools to combat any ill, whether it be injustice, intolerance, or bad actors. Once such ill is the threat of child online sexual exploitation and abuse, which is an issue we approach with the utmost seriousness. 

That is why we are so glad to announce today we are joining the WeProtect Global Alliance and The Tech Coalition. WeProtect drives collaboration between governments, the private sector, and civil society to protect all children from the growing threat of sexual exploitation and abuse online, while The Tech Coalition specifically fosters relationships among technology leaders to protect children from online sexual exploitation and abuse.

The Grindr app is for adults only and all users are required to enter their age before opening an account. Use of our app by anyone other than law-abiding adults is a violation of our terms of service, and we ban accounts for anyone who violates those terms. If someone underage attempts to sign up for Grindr, we direct them to the Trevor Project—a nonprofit organization designed to support LGBTQ youth. 

We have long worked to ensure a safer internet for children and to keep them off our app, but it is simply not something Grindr alone, or any one company or one institution alone, could ever accomplish effectively. We are so glad for the efforts of groups like WeProtect and The Tech Coalition who bring together stakeholders from across the ecosystem to make meaningful progress against the crucial goal of protecting our children.

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“"The Tech Coalition is pleased to welcome Grindr, joining our growing membership of 36 tech companies working to keep young people safe online. Together we will continue to drive forward our shared mission and develop critical advances in technology, research, and information-sharing amongst industry. Only by working together can we create a safer online world for kids." — Sean Litton, Executive Director, Tech Coalition.

I am pleased to welcome Grindr as a new member of WeProtect Global Alliance. Their work within our Alliance will play an important role in building a digital world designed to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.” — Iain Drennan, Executive Director, WeProtect Global Alliance

While Grindr will continue to invest a great deal of time and effort into keeping underaged users off our platform and safe from online exploitation and abuse, what we know is that partnership is the key to developing broad solutions that respect privacy and enhance user safety and the security of all people online.

Grindr looks forward to working with WeProtect, The Tech Coalition, and others, to build an ever safer and more secure internet.

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