The Race Filter

As the world’s pre-eminent gay networking service and the first gay geosocial app to launch on iTunes, Grindr offers its users a filter heavy experience where they can refine the selection of men around them to connect with those they find the most attractive. However, for as long as the app has been running, Grindr has been awash with criticism that one particular filter fosters a culture of racism – an ethnicity filter.

This episode, you’ll hear from Sinakhone Keodara who not only denounces the app for offering this filter, but is suing Grindr for perpetuating a racist culture. Web developer Trever Faden unpacks why Grindr is so filter heavy, while cyber racism expert Andrew Jakubowicz explains the internet has become a breeding ground for racist behaviour.

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