Gay social networking app Grindr is warning Egyptian members to be on the look out for fake accounts set up by police looking to entrap users.
LGBT dating app Grindr issues warning to users in Egypt
A popular gay social networking application says it is issuing a warning to its users in Egypt, as police impersonate community members to target LGBT individuals.
Users in Egypt will see the following warning appear in Arabic and English when they open the app from Friday:
“We have been alerted that Egyptian police is actively making arrests of gay, bi, and trans people on digital platforms. They are using fake accounts and have also taken over accounts from real community members who have already been arrested and had their phones taken. Please take extra caution online and offline, including with accounts that may have seemed legitimate in the past.”
Egypt, though it technically does not outlaw homosexuality, frequently prosecutes members of the LGBT community on the grounds of ‘debauchery,’ or ‘violating public decency.’ In 2017, it arrested seven for raising a rainbow flag at a rock concert. And arrests of homosexuals and non-gender conforming individuals remain common.