We’ve all been there: talking to that one guy on our dating app of choice that’s just a little too cute to be into us, or ghosts when we ask for more recent pictures. Or even had a run-in with someone who gets eerily close to us, second-guessing whether having a GPA in our back pocket at all times is such a good idea after all.
Jack’d, one of the most popular dating apps for gay men, is taking cyber security concerns like these into account with the latest version of their software. “Jack’d 4.0” will feature new measures designed to protect particular aspects of users’ privacy, disabling the ability to screenshot anything while the app is open and inserting a rounding error when displaying a user’s approximate location.
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“Safety has become a huge priority at Jack’d,” said Alon Rivel, the app’s Director of Global Marketing in a release. “Earlier this summer, we polled members on what they wanted most out of the next version and an increase in privacy was at the top of the list. The rise in bullying and hate crimes against the LGBTQ community since the US presidential election has made security a real concern to members throughout the world.”
The inability for users to screenshot pictures that are sent to them can insure that private images sent between parties remain private, but could also come as a detriment in certain cases. If a particularly malicious act of written cyberbullying takes place, the victim will be unable to screenshot the conversation.
The blurring of exact location details as a security measure seems sound, leaving someone sharing their address or specific whereabouts completely in their hands. The release states that 1.2 million men use Jack’d, with 67% of users saying their between the age of 18 and 26, and 60% of users being black and Latino. “This is just the beginning of Jack’d,” Rivel continued, “we’re listening to members and working to give them more of the exciting features they are asking for.”