Egyptian police ‘using gay dating apps to hunt LGBT people’

Egyptian police ‘using gay dating apps to hunt LGBT people’

Egyption [sic] police are using gay dating apps like Grindr to track down LGBT people, it has been alleged.

Authorities in the country have reportedly been using gay dating apps to find and detain members of the LGBT community, The Jerusalem Post reported.

According to lifestyle and entertainment magazine CairoScene, a source close to the city’s LGBT community claimed apps such as Grindr are “jeopardising the safety” of many of their members.

The unnamed source said authorities are using the technology to pinpoint the location of users.

They said: “There have been a number of arrests in the last few months linked to these applications.

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Homosexuality is not banned in Egypt but members of the country’s LGBT population have reported experiencing hostility.

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