Grindr Not Liable for Harassment Between Users

A Manhattan Federal judge has found Grindr not liable for 14 instances of malicious harassment on its platform.

User Matthew Herrick brought a case against the LGBTQ site after an ex-boyfriend made a fake profile in his name.

The profile contained an explicit self-description, which included an invitation to Herrick’s home and workplace.

Herrick claimed that in failing to protect him from such harassment, Grindr was defectively designed and culpable.

It could, Herrick claimed, have used duplicate detection software to find and censor fake profiles.

The judge, however, felt that Grindr was not at fault as it did not create the imitations.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 “immunizes Grindr for content created by others.”

In a summary, the judge wrote: “Herrick’s misrepresentation-related claims fail on their merits because Herrick has not alleged a misleading or false statement by Grindr or that Grindr’s alleged misstatements are the cause of his injury.”

She has given Herrick until the 31st of January to file a motion for leave to amend his copyright claim.

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