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Fear and real risk has driven communities to communicate and socialise online, and more recently on dating apps, where they have created vibrant and resilient hubs of connection.
The apps and platforms being used can put users in real physical danger.
While the contexts in these countries differ enormously, we have found that LGBTQ communities in all three rely on apps to communicate, meet- or hook-up and fall in love.
But worryingly, we’ve found that state authorities and homophobic non-state actors are also using these apps to monitor, entrap, threaten and prosecute LGBTQ communities. Teaming up with Grindr and other dating apps used in the region, we’ve been looking at ways to stop the use of apps to harm individuals.
This is especially the case with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Queer (LGBTQ) communities online in the Middle East and North Africa.
We at ARTICLE 19 have been investigating how popular dating apps are being used by LGBTQ people in Egypt, Lebanon and Iran.
While these apps have become so widely used, they are also being misused and weaponised against communities in high-risk contexts.
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