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How Have The Olympics In Sochi Impacted Grindr Usage?

With Russia's anti-gay laws in full effect, one might think amorous gays would be laying low even with the influx of Olympians and Olympic spectators into Sochi.

But where there's a will there's a way!

According to Vocativ, Grindr usage has tripled in Sochi since the commencement of the Olympics:

A week ago, there were 185 active users in Sochi, and now there are 541, according to a Grindr spokesperson. The total number of users in Russia is about 55,000. Sochi is no San Francisco—not yet anyway.

Not bad, Sochi!

Vocativ also presents the possibility that the Grindr spike was due to recent hacking and shut down of the Russian hook-up ap, Hunters:

According to Hunters CEO Dimitry T. users of the app logged in on Feb. 3 only to see this threatening message: “You will be arrested and jailed for gay propaganda in Sochi according to Russian Federal Law #135 Sektion 6,” which refers to the law banning the dissemination of “homosexual propaganda” to minors. (Whoever is responsible for the message got it slightly wrong: The relevant section is 5, not 6.)

The CEO said 72,000 user profiles were deleted across the country and his team was able to restore only 24 percent of them. Users were also told their accounts would be blocked for the next 38 days. The app developers are now in the process of moving their servers from Russia to Europe, which they hope will prevent future cyber attacks.

We certainly hope that everyone that lost their user accounts quickly finds a suitable mobile hook-up alternative! 

The Sochi Olympics aren't over yet, folks! Keep your heads in the game!


(H/T: The Gaily Grind)



I wouldn't be surprised if all those new profiles are fake one which were made for the sole purpose of hunting down gays there.  

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