You'll be surprised to hear that the U.S. is calling this dating app a threat to national security

You'll be surprised to hear that the U.S. is calling this dating app a threat to national security
The U.S. government calls Chinese phone and networking equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE "national security threats." The fear is that both companies install spying gear in their devices that collect sensitive information from American consumers and corporations, and send it to the communist government in China. Perhaps Huawei and ZTE, both of which have consistently denied this behavior, shouldn't take this personally. It seems that some U.S. agencies are just plain out fearful of many Chinese companies.

Take Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd, the outfit that has owned LGBTQ dating app Grindr since 2016. Reuters reports that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has told Kunlun that it considers its ownership of Grindr to be a national security risk. The news organization cites two unnamed sources in its article, which doesn't mention what concerns CFIUS specifically has about the company.

Grindr itself is based in West Hollywood, California; last summer Kunlun said that it was planning to spinoff the dating app via an IPO that would have made Grindr a publicly traded company. But thanks to CFIUS, Kunlun doesn't have the luxury of time to complete the IPO process, and is now looking to auction off the dating app to the highest bidder. The IPO also would have left Kunlun holding a percentage of Grindr, which the company would prefer not to own in light of the U.S. security agency's comments.

When Kunlun purchased Grindr in two separate transactions in 2016 and 2018, the deals were not vetted by CFIUS, which left the company vulnerable to the agency's intervention. CFIUS is concerned that personal information that Grindr collects, such as a user's location, messages and possibly HIV status, could be shared with the Chinese government. Grindr had 27 million users as of 2017. The app is available for iOS and Android.

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16 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Exactly how is any of this info of use to the Chinese Government? Seems like there is an agenda with all this China bashing lately.

2. htcisthebest

Posts: 433; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

It's just a conspiracy of the Trump administration to falsely blame China and divert citizens's attention from domestic issues (i.e. economy cooling down, looming recession, racial tensions etc.)

7. Vokilam

Posts: 1033; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Hah, I see it the other way, economy cooling down, looming recession, and racial tensions are fueled by liberal media and beyond hype are absolutely false, but are used to divert citizens attention from domestic issues like illegal immigration which costing us taxpayers $10s of billions annually, the cost of Obamacare surging and anable to sustain itself without more funds funneled into that failing system, and the fact that Trump has be exonorated from all that Russian collusion BS.

9. htcisthebest

Posts: 433; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

The failure of Obamacare is a complicated matter. Sure, the policies could've been drafted better to give consumers more rights instead of forcing them to buy insurance plan. But I think the root cause of surging cost is that American doctors are overpaid and so are medications and medical devices. Countries with the longest life expectancy in the world (i.e. Spain, Japan, Singapore and some other European countries + Israel) have healthcare costs that are only one fifth of the US and doctor salary one third of the US, and yet healthcare quality in those countries are 10 times better than the US and doctors in those places can actually cure your diseases unlike in the US the doctor can't even figure out what's wrong with your body. And what's equally amazing about healthcare in those countries is that you when you call the doctor's office to schedule an appointment you won't have to wait like 2-3 months! So it's not just Obamacare. The whole American healthcare system needs a complete revamp and stricter regulations just like the Dodd Frank Act for Wall Street banks. I somewhat agree with you that liberal media is heavily biased and likes to product fake news such as Russian collusion and fabricated sexual assault claims. But I wouldn't say the conservative media is completely unbiased either, as you can see from the overly exaggerated China threat played by the Republicans lately.

4. someguy2261

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

I tell one way, it could be used for black mail. Per say what if this app is used by Obama and what if they had proof, or what if this app know personal information about Trump like if he was gay or something, they could black mail and force you to do something even if you didn't want to do. All these other alphabet agencies do that , they spy on promenet politican and then blackmail.

3. Vogue1985

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

This is pathetic. I think Huawei is innocent am sure this app. Had to google what the apps about. Lol, some serious fear mongering, the Chinese and Russiana and Huawei control everything, apparently they have God like status. I'll be buying a Huawei this year lol. No seriously

5. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Then Facebook is Worldwide national security threat since it collects all data, included all friends!

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1033; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Yes it is.

8. shinnsd

Posts: 27; Member since: May 26, 2015

Political Issue: Let's blame Russia. Economy Issue: Let's blame China. Want to get more votes: What policy? We just need to make people hate the other party →_→

10. htcisthebest

Posts: 433; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Add one more to the list: White supremacist issue - blame the Democrats, that's what the Republicans and Democrats are doing to each other.

11. Bobbyv

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 20, 2018

Another lie from the US! Facebook, Yahoo, apple they are global threat lol!

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30787; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dating sites are crap, just meet people the old fashioned way. get up, get out the house, and talk.

16. drunkenjay

Posts: 1640; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

its not as easy as the past when people didnt have access to the internet. people used to go out and play with other kids but now they play with each other through gaming.

13. LAgurl

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

my brother has grindr he always has a different guy over everynite in his room

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30787; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mmmmmmk

15. pogba

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

Facebook is way more of a threat than all Chinese companies combined but nobody says anything because it serves their interests.

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