Clutch your pearls! American news website NBC has published an article about the popular gay hook-up app Grindr, finding that it’s members are using the platform for more than just dating.
This may come as a complete surprise, the report has found that some people are using the app to buy and sell illicit drugs.
The website also published key findings on how to decipher the coded text and emojis of drug dealers… just in case you didn’t know or are law enforcement.
NBC was not able to quantify the amount of drug use or sales on the app used by 3 million people daily. However, spoke a selection of app users who recounted their experiences with the dealing of drugs on the digital platform.
“It gives me more clientele than I would normally get on the street,” explained New York City teaching assistant Mike in the article. He went on to explain that selling drugs on Grindr was “safer” than on the street, as he doesn’t have to worry about “confrontations with other dealers.”
Mike also said that he had his profile “flagged twice” for selling drugs on the app, “but nothing ever happened.”
Grindr responded to NBC‘s concerns about drug use on the app by saying:
“Grindr prohibits the promotion of drug use in its user profiles and is committed to creating a safe environment through digital and human screening tools to help its users connect and thrive.
“Grindr encourages users to report suspicious and threatening activities. While we are constantly improving upon this process, it is important to remember that Grindr is an open platform.”