Over the past five months, Matthew Herrick says that 1,100 men have showed up at his home and workplace expecting to have sex with him.
Herrick is suing Grindr, the popular dating app for gay and bisexual men, because of it.
Grindr cooperates with law enforcement on a regular basis and does not condone abusive or violent behavior.” Grindr and its attorneys declined to comment further, citing the active litigation.
Grindr’s terms of service state that impersonation accounts aren’t permitted, but it’s unclear whether Grindr is capable of cracking down on the accounts.It said it would apply photo-matching to ensure intimate, non-consensual images that have been reported aren’t able to be re-uploaded through Facebook’s properties, including Messenger and Instagram.The original complaint against Grindr said that hookup app Scruff, which Herrick’s ex was also allegedly using to create fake profiles, was able to remove profiles and ban IP addresses. He denied setting up fake accounts but declined to comment further.“[Companies] can identify and stop this kind of stuff — they just don’t want to take on the obligation.” Attorney David Gingras, who frequently defends companies from lawsuits under Section 230, said these types of cases will likely increase.“There is currently a war between online speech providers and people who are unhappy with that speech. People do the worst things online and it sucks — but that’s not the issue.
Neville Johnson of Johnson & Johnson, LLP told CNNTech that there needs to be a law that criminalizes impersonation and protects victims online.