The Grindr dating app removes the & # 39; ethnicity filter & # 39; which allows users to search for potential partners by race after being baked online for their tweet in support of & # 39; Black Lives Matter & # 39;
- Singletons can pay £ 12.99 a month to access the ethnicity filter
- But Grindr said he will now remove the feature in the next version of the app
- Comes after the app was forced to delete a post after facing heavy criticism
The dating app Grindr said it will remove its "ethnicity filter", which allows users to search for possible matches by race.
Singletons prepared to pay £ 12.99 per month for the & # 39; premium & # 39; service they can currently classify users based on their ethnicity, weight, height and other characteristics.
However, less than 24 hours after your tweet supports & # 39; Black Lives Matter & # 39; having received wide condemnation for the filter, the company said it would exclude it.
The protests rocked the United States for six days after the death of George Floyd, who was filmed panting & # 39; I can't breathe & # 39; when a policeman knelt on his neck in Logan County, West Virginia.
Grindr announced the removal of resources in this post on Twitter yesterday
It came less than 24 hours after the dating app was forced to delete a tweet that supported the Black Lives Matter movement after receiving a widespread conviction for the appeal.
When writing on Twitter, the app said: & # 39; As part of our commitment to (Black Lives Matter), we decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release.
& # 39; We support the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hundreds of thousands of people of color who log into our app every day.
We will not remain silent and we will not remain inactive.
"We will continue to combat racism in Grindr, both through dialogue with our community and through a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and hate speech on our platform."
The dating app also said it would make an undisclosed donation to the Black Lives Matter and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, created in memory of the activist and self-identified drag queen who was a prominent figure during the 1969 Stonewall uprising.
He announced the measure after the exclusion from his post, & # 39; demands justice. #BlackLivesMatter. & # 39 ;, which provoked a flood of criticism.
A Twitter user received over 6,300 likes and 1,100 re-tweets when they replied: & # 39; Remove the ethnicity filter & # 39 ;.
Grindr also made a donation to Black Lives Matter and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute
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Critics had already criticized the dating app for having the filter and asked them to delete it.
But in an interview with Buzzfeed in 2016, co-creator Eric Silverberg defended it.
"A person's choice of partner is deeply personal, and I don't think we could judge or skew the choice of sexual partner, boyfriend or husband," he said.
& # 39; Ultimately, each of our individual choices is deeply informed by the community in which we grew up, perhaps by the relationships we had with our siblings or parents.
& # 39; I mean, trying to unpack that would probably take years for each person, and therefore I don't know … I give other people ample latitude when they talk about the type of person they are in & # 39 ;.
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The United States was hit by six days of protest over Floyd's death, with thousands of protesters marching in Las Vegas, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta, New York and other major cities.
Police used rubber bullets, tear gas and officers on horseback yesterday to make way for President Donald Trump to walk from the White House to St. John's Church.
Hennepin County coroners decided yesterday that Floyd's death was a choking homicide.