You'll be surprised to hear that the U.S. is calling this dating app a threat to national security
by Alan Friedman / Mar 27, 2019, 12:52 PM
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.Take Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd, the outfit that has owned LGBTQ dating app Grindr since 2016.
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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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.
posted on Mar 27, 2019, 1:54 PM 9
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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.)
posted on Mar 27, 2019, 1:56 PM 7
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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.
posted on Mar 27, 2019, 6:31 PM 2
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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.
posted on Mar 27, 2019, 7:05 PM 3
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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.
posted on Mar 27, 2019, 3:13 PM 0
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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
posted on Mar 27, 2019, 3:04 PM 3
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Then Facebook is Worldwide national security threat since it collects all data, included all friends!
posted on Mar 27, 2019, 4:41 PM 2
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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 →_→
posted on Mar 27, 2019, 7:00 PM 2
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Dating sites are crap, just meet people the old fashioned way. get up, get out the house, and talk.
posted on Mar 27, 2019, 7:46 PM 2
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