Jack’d Adds GPS ‘Blurring Feature’ to Protect Gay Americans From Hate Crimes
Posted on August 1, 2017
“Jack’d has added a “blurring feature” to protect its American users from hate crimes.
The tool obfuscates the exact location of a user so that others using the gay dating app cannot pinpoint his whereabouts — although they can tell if he is nearby. It has previously been employed in antigay nations where this information could place queer people in peril.
Thanks to hatred incited by the presidential election, that list now includes the United States.
“The blurring feature was originally created as a tool to protect gay men in countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt that have a history of violence against the gay community,” confirmed Alon Rivel, the app’s director of global marketing, in a statement.”
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