Don’t blame Grindr for revenge porn on its site.
A federal judge has tossed a suit filed by a Manhattan man against the hookup app after an ex-lover posted fake profiles of the 33-year-old on the site — one that included his home and work address.
The fake profiles, which said the man was open to an intimate relationship, enticed more than 1,000 men to approach the victim for sex.
The victim, Matthew Herrick, sued Grindr for fraud, copyright infringement and deceptive practices.
Grindr, according to the suit, ignored 50 requests by Herrick to remove the fake profiles.
Herrick also faulted Grindr for designing the app in ways “easily manipulated and misused” — despite assuring users it had “effective controls in place to prevent harassment.”
But US District Judge Valerie Caproni agreed that federal law “immunizes Grindr from liability for content created by other users.”
Herrick, the judge ruled in a 29-page opinion, failed to raise a misleading or false statement by Grindr.
The fake profiles presernted Herrick as “being interested in fetishistic sex, bondage, role playing, and rape fantasies.”
The posts also encouraged potential suitors to go to Herrick’s home and workplace — but not to be put off if he appeared indifferent to their advances.
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“Some of the men were told to expect that Herrick would resist their approach, which they were told was part of a rape-fantasy or role play,” the judge wrote.
Although Herrick was a victim of a “malicious catfishing” scheme, the judge said, she nonetheless dismissed all 14 claims on grounds the suit, filed in February, was “against Grindr, not Herrick’s former boyfriend.”
Grindr “matched” Herrick with the ex-lover in June 2015 — and that led to an exclusive and Grindr-free relationship in November 2015.
In October 2016, after the two parted ways, the former boyfriend started using the app to imitate Herrick.
“The impersonating profiles suggest that Herrick is interested in ‘serious kink and many fantasy scenes,’ hardcore and unprotected group sex, and ‘hosting’ — that is looking for partners to meet him at his location,” according to the opinion.
While dismissing his complaint, the judge gave Herrick until Jan. 31 to file a motion to amend his copyright claim.