Gay Dating App Gets Blocked In Russia, Users Threatened With Jail
Hunters, a popular Russian gay dating app in the vein of Grindr & Scruff, was apparently attacked over the weekend by hackers possibly associated with the government.
Andy Towle received an email from Hunters creator Dmitry T, who explains the situation:
The anonymous threat which read, "You will be arrested and jailed for gay propaganda in Sochi according to Russian Federal Law #135 Sektion 6" was sent on February 1st, 2014 at 11:52 pm to all users in Russia, including those in Sochi.
Hunters is blocked in Sochi and Adler now, and some 72,000 user profiles were deleted throughout Russia. Hackers completely destroyed their profiles and all their messages."
On the morning of February 2nd, just a few days before the opening of the Olympic Games, users trying to open this gay app in Sochi were greeted with an alert saying that their profile was blocked for the next 55,000 minutes (38 days).
Dmitry goes on to worry that this is just a sign of censorship in Russia to come with gay dating websites and apps.
Imagine if Grindr users in the U.S. were blocked from the service and told they were at risk of going to prison?