In Australia, women-only app becomes latest front in war over trans rights

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04/21/2024

Sydney, Australia– Sall Grover says she did not think twice when she blocked Roxanne Tickle, a transgender woman, from her Australian-based women-only app Giggle for Girls. “It did not register, as we get men trying to enter all the time. Mr Tickle passed our AI facial recognition test, which was deliberately set at 94 percent accuracy, meaning that some men will get through,” Grover, who refuses to refer to transgender women as women, told Al Jazeera. “The rest we remove manually.” “When he contacted me by phone and I heard a man’s voice, I hung up, but again, this was not unusual,” Grover added.

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