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Former Parliament Member Declares War on Grindr

Former Parliament Member Declares War on Grindr

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John Leech says Grindr & Tinder "must introduce safety alerts immediately."

Most of us have downloaded Grindr, and it's safe to say most of us have met up with a guy or two (or 20). But now, former Parliament Member John Leech says it's time for Grindr and Tinder to step up their game regarding issues of safety.

"It is completely unacceptable that neither of the two leading dating apps display safety alerts or notices at any point from download to real life use, not even anything as simple as meeting somewhere public and letting a friend know where you're going," Leech said, announcing his "war on Grindr."

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In the Greater Manchester area, Leech was able to site 58 incidents of rape and assault directly associated with either Grindr or Tinder. Yes, these apps are good for more than just hook-ups, but with thousands of users meeting complete strangers, maybe the former Manchester MP's international war is needed.

"Tinder and Grindr should not be let off the hook over such a serious and shocking lapse in care to their users," he said. "They must introduce safety alerts immediately and dramatically increase the safety of users, and they must do it now."

As part of Leech's campaign, he wants to add dating apps to sex and health education programs at schools, saying he fears these app-induced incidents are " the beginning of a much wider issue surrounding a serious lack of sexual and relationship education that must also be confronted."

Though it's not a politician's right to police how we use our hook-up apps, if they're not providing needed protection, perhaps Leech's war has some merit.

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