A local developer is getting attention for a website that allows Grindr users to see who has blocked them.
C*ckBlocked lets Grindr users input their username and password, and then displays the profiles that have blocked them from view — data not accessible through the standard Grindr app.
Trever Faden, who currently runs a real estate tech company in the D.C. area, created the application in his spare time after recently becoming single.
“I downloaded Grindr, and as soon as I downloaded it and I opened it up, I realized, ‘Wow, there’s a lot of really interesting data here,'” he says.
Faden found that when the block feature is used, both the people they have blocked and the people that have blocked them are stored within a user’s profile. While inaccessible through the app itself, it can be detected within the code of Grindr.
“[Grindr blocking data] returns two lists — the profile IDs of the people that you’ve blocked, and then a list of people that you’ve been blocked by. I thought that was interesting because it makes sense that you would be able to see a list of all the people that you’ve blocked.”
Faden then created C*ckBlocked, which takes the hidden information and visualizes it, by latching into Grindr’s private APIs.
Since launching last week, the website has already had 30,000 users check to see who has blocked their profile. Faden has been tracking its spread on social media, and says his creation has led to some interesting stories.
“I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, I’ve seen my significant other on here that said he wasn’t on the app,'” he says. “I also saw somebody who said they noticed someone who infected them with HIV and still isn’t declaring their status, and blocked their profile on Grindr.”
As tempting as it may be to discover exactly who has blocked your profile, some have expressed concern about what Faden is doing with their login information. The developer says he does not have access to anything more than the user’s email.
“Instead of me having to let you store your password on your computer in clear text, you can store an authentication token,” Faden says. “You’re the only person who has the keys. It’s you and Grindr. I’m just a guy in the middle kind of throwing things on both sides.”
If a Grindr user wants to learn who has shielded them from view, Faden suggest they do it quickly, as his website may lose accessibility soon.
“I would imagine they will try to shut me down very quickly,” he says. “They could just block that traffic, so that way nobody could use the app that I built, because if a request tries to go out from the server, it will just basically block it.“
Faden says he might poke around in other dating service apps to see whether C*ckBlocked will work.
“I’ve gotten a lot of requests to see if there are other apps that have similar vulnerabilities in some way,” he says. “I’ll probably download and give them a shot, and so we’ll see.”
Rebel Wilson is getting ready to launch a new dating app called Fluid, which is open to everyone and allows users to date without worrying about labels.
The app, which Wilson co-founded, is designed to be all-inclusive, making it an ideal platform for individuals looking to find love without having to categorize themselves.
"This is the first dating app where you don't have to actually define yourself or tick a box to say 'I'm straight, I'm gay, I'm bisexual,' and you don't have to describe what you are looking for," Wilson says in an interview with People. "It's kind of love with no labels."
A group of conservative Catholics spent millions of dollars to buy mobile app tracking data to identify priests using gay dating and hookup apps in an attempt to purge the priesthood of those violating their vows of celibacy.
The Denver-based group, Catholic Laity and Clergy for Renewal, claims its mission is to "empower the church to carry out its mission" by giving bishops "evidence-based resources" to identify weaknesses in how the Church selects potential priests.
The group's president, Jayd Henricks, wrote a first-person piece on the site First Things saying he was proud to be part of the group, whose purpose was "to love the Church and to help the Church to be holy, with every tool she could be given," including data.
Stormy Daniels welcomes OUTtv viewers to a McMansion full of gay singles, and perhaps their latest guilty pleasure, as host of the reality dating series For the Love of DILFS (★★☆☆☆).
Splitting its diverse cast into hot, young Himbos and distinguished Daddies, the show blurs the lines between pursuer and pursued as the two groups circle each other in hopes of finding love, and leaving with a $10,000 prize.
DILFS falls squarely into that FBoy Island subset of reality series that send sex-crazed singles in thongs and bikinis to frolic in tropical locations -- in this case, a Ft. Lauderdale waterfront estate dubbed DILF Mansion.
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