Due to the rise in hate crimes in America Jack’d says it will bring its GPS blurring feature used in other countries here to protect American citizens.
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Press release via Towleroad:
Before the launch of the blurring feature, Jack’d had disabled location sharing in countries where homosexuality was illegal. The blurring now allows these men to safely use GPS technology to find nearby men. It adds a rounding error to the member’s coordinates so that other men are given a general idea of their whereabouts without pinpointing their exact location. Even Jack’d’s servers do not know the exact actual location of members.
There is good reason to count the USA among the unsafe countries for gay men today. According to the LA Times, hate crimes against LGBTQ people in Los Angeles have increased 24.5% since the election. In a story from Bloomberg, published in February, the NYPD cites the election as a major factor in increased anti-LGBTQ incidents in New York City.
Similarly, the Washington Blade published a story in March on its city’s annual bias-related crime report. It revealed the number of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes in Washington DC had increased 59 percent in 2016. And in Boston, the number of reported hate crimes and bigoted actions against the LGBTQ community last year surpassed those aimed at Muslims, Jews, Latinos, and Asians combined. According to the Boston Globe, Boston Police Department figures indicate that the LGBTQ community is the top target for hate acts in its city and it is a trend that appears to be persisting.
Do you think this will work?