The gay dating and rebroadcast application announced the change on Monday and said: “We will continue to fight against racism on Grindr through dialogue with the community and a zero-tolerance policy on racism and hate speech on the platform.”
“As part of this commitment, and based on your feedback, we decided to remove the race filter from the next version.”
Grindr, who claims to be the “biggest gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer social networking app in the world,” has previously been criticized because it allows users to filter matches based on race as part of its paid “Xtra” service .
Currently, users of this technology can filter potential partners by height, weight, age, and ethnicity, although it is not the only dating app that provides these filters.
On Monday, Grindr set this policy framework as a motivation to unite in solidarity with American protesters.
“We are consistent with the #BlackLivesMatter campaign and the thousands of people of color who log into our app every day.”