You won’t believe this revenge story…
Matthew Herrick, 32, claims that over the past 5 months, nearly 1,100 men have approached him at his home and job for sex after a bitter ex-boyfriend used Grindr, a popular dating app for gay and bisexual men, to create fake accounts in Herrick’s likeness.
According to CNN Tech, “sometimes as many as 16 strangers each day will show up looking for Herrick. In some instances, they are told not to be dissuaded if Herrick is resistant at first, ‘as part of an agreed upon rape fantasy or role play.'”
Herrick is now suing Grindr because of the harassment and their failure to do anything about it. In Herrick’s complaint, he states that he has made more than 100 reports to Grindr about the fake profiles, only to receive generic “Thank You for your report” replies.
CNN reports that they reached out to Herrick’s ex-boyfriend and he denied the allegations.
Grindr’s current terms of service prohibits users from making fake online accounts. In a statement to CNN Tech, Grindr said that the company is “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. While we are constantly improving upon this process, 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.”
Grindr declined to make any further statements on the case, citing ongoing litigation.
Sounds like someone has some explaining to do. Grindr should at least be able to remove the fake accounts. Other apps and social media companies do it all the time. Their negligence to do so is seemingly puts this man’s life in danger.