China Has Access to Grindr Activity. We Should All Be Worried.
Recently, the news broke that U.S. national security officials ordered a Chinese company to sell the gay dating and hookup app Grindr. Thank goodness.
Around when the Chinese technology company Beijing Kunlun completed its $245 million acquisition of Grindr in January 2018, the Los Angeles-based app wrote that “the Chinese government will not have access to your account. Beijing Kunlun is not owned by the Chinese government.” Indeed, Kunlun is a private company. Its founder, Zhou Yahui, is known mostly in China for amassing enough wealth to have spent $1.1 billion on a divorce. He’s not seen as especially beholden to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.