The gay/bisexual dating app - Grindr - is reportedly in some ways a national security risk.
In 2016, the app was bought by a Chinese gaming company called Beijing Kunlun. Now, the U.S. government is pressuring Kunlun to sell the app, and these reports come from Reuters.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has informed Kunlun that its ownership of West Hollywood, California-based Grindr constitutes a national security risk. Why? The report is very vague as to why Kunlun's ownership constitutes a national security threat, however, according to CNET, since the app has 3.8 million daily users from "every country in the world," (27 million users in total), those users' data could be seen as a "honeypot for unsavoury actors".
The company's statement informs user that they are still safe: "Nothing changes with how we will protect your personal information," the company noted.
This may a tad difficult to understand, but the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States fears the Chinese company could purposefully create security flaws which the Chinese government could at some point take advantage of.
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