Egyptian police using fake Grindr account to arrest LGBTQ+ community, says app

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03/26/2023

A popular social networking app for gays, Grindr, has issued a warning to its users in Egypt after reports emerged that police are using fake accounts to persecute the LGBTQ+ community. This warning pops up in Arabic and English whenever users in Egypt open the application. “We have been alerted that Egyptian police is actively making arrests of gay, bi, and trans people on digital platforms. They are using fake accounts and have also taken over accounts from real community members who have already been arrested and had their phones taken.” The alert from Grindr comes after a report from global NGO Human Rights Watch in February claimed that authorities in multiple countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Egypt, are using fake accounts to entrap and arrest LGBTQ people.

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