The Grindr-owned online magazine INTO published a strongly-worded article criticising Chen, for which it was reprimanded. Chief Content Officer Zach Stafford told The Washington Post that INTO will continue to impartially create content, even when covering the company itself.
It is often argued by critics that Grindr has become a hotbed for prejudicial language, with many users being racist, transphobic and fat-shaming.
As a response, the ‘Kindr’ video campaign was released which urged people to be more inclusive and threatened stricter sanctions for those who didn’t follow the new guidelines.
The campaign was not entirely well received by the community, however. One user expressed that “[Kindr] will never help ease a gay man’s concern for his safety”, and another described it as “too little, too late.”
Dominic is a reporter for Global Dating Insights. Originally from Devon, England he achieved a BA in English Language & Linguistics from The University of Reading. He enjoys a variety of sports and has a further passion for film and music.