A Grindr user is suing the gay hookup app after a former partner impersonated him and over several months invited 1000 men to his house and workplace.
New York-based actor Matthew Herrick alleges in the lawsuit that an ex-partner he met on the app and began dating in 2015 created fake profiles using his photos.
He claims the ex then gave Grindr users the addresses of his apartment and his workplace and invited them for sex.
He claims in January, one suitor entered his home and allegedly attacked Herrick’s roommate when asked to leave. His roommate told the man he was calling the police, before the man ‘lunged’ at him and began wrestling him, TMZ reported.
Herrick says in court documents he is in “a constant state of hyper-vigilance, afraid that Grindr has been used to incite or seduce the wrong person… somebody who will make good on threats to attack or rape [me].”
According to the court documents seen by CNN, the fake profiles have been flagged more than 100 times, resulting in only automatic replies reading “Thank you for your report.” Herrick says he’s also reported the situation to police several times.
In its terms of service, Grindr states that accounts impersonating other people or entities aren’t permitted.
In a statement to CNN, Grindr said it’s “committed to creating a safe environment through a system of digital and human screening tools, while also encouraging 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,” the company said.
“Grindr cooperates with law enforcement on a regular basis and does not condone abusive or violent behavior.”