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Gay Hookup App Grindr Tightens Privacy for Beijing Olympians

  • Users within Olympic Village won’t be visible elsewhere
  • Move aims to prevent outing, persecution of gay athletes
The Grindr app

The Grindr app

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Grindr, the gay hookup app, has adjusted its privacy settings for the Beijing Olympics Village, a move it says is designed to protect the world’s top athletes from persecution or harassment.

People in or near the Olympic Village will be able to use Grindr to find each other during the games, but in a change from past Olympics, their profiles won’t be visible worldwide.