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Beijing Kunlun to sell dating service app under US government pressure

Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech is going to sell its dating app Grindr after continued pressure from the US government, Reuters reports.

The Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) has been demanding for a long time that Kunlun sell the dating app that is primarily aimed at gay and bisexual men. Kunlun announced on Monday that it wants to have the app sold by June 2020 at the latest.

Grindr was introduced in 2009 by the American company Nearby Buddy Finder, but was taken over by the Chinese company Kunlun between 2016 and 2018.

The CFIUS investigated the acquisition because the company had not made contact before it purchased Grindr. Anonymous sources told Reuters in March that the CFIUS sees “a risk to national security” in the acquisition.

It is unknown why the CFIUS saw this threat, but Grindr stores a lot of private information about users, such as location and HIV status.

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