Authorities are suspected to be using location based apps like Grindr to find homosexuals, before charging them with varying offences.
An anonymous source has said: “It’s a bad system right now. There have been a number of arrests in the last few months linked to these applications. They are using technology to triangulate the location.
“It is possible to tell a user’s position within a few hundred metres, and many users include personal pictures, making them easily identifiable to cops.
“It baffles me how easily people are willing to share such personal information in a country like Egypt – it is beyond stupid. I would advise anyone to be careful when dating online.”
And although homosexuality is not technically illegal in Egypt, homosexuals still face a lot of hostility, with numerous gay men even being charged with offences linked to indecent behaviour and debauchery.
Members of the LGBT community in Egypt are being advised to use gay and lesbian dating apps with caution and keep any personal information to a minimum on dating platforms.