Chappy launches Screenshot Alert feature to protect users from revenge porn

The gay dating app is the first to install this type of function.

Chappy have launched a brand new feature which will alert users if their private pictures they’ve sent to one of their matches has been screengrabbed.

The Screenshot Alert functionality is part of a move to offer increased protection and privacy for Chappy users.

Research has shown that 70% of gay men would care if their nude picture was shared with a wider audience than intended.

“Queer cultures have long been associated with a more permissive view of sex,” says sociologist Max Morris.

“In the digital age, this sexual liberation allows many gay men to feel comfortable sharing nude photos of themselves when seeking to entice potential partners.

“However, this may present privacy problems as such photos can be freely screenshot and shared by others online.”

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Max adds: “Given the growing popularity of gay dating apps, sending nudes has become increasingly commonplace. Many of the young men I interviewed expressed fears about the potential consequences of sharing such photos, including threats to their career prospects or social reputation.

“As such, gay men may be putting themselves at unnecessary risk of revenge porn. I welcome steps being taken by apps like Chappy, which help to protect the community by allowing users to clarify the true identity of those they’re sending photos to, making gay online dating safer in general.”

Chappy already requires users to verify their profiles using Facebook, as well as requiring a face image to avoid numerous anonymous accounts and headless torsos.

What’s more, Chappy users can only send images to people they’ve matched with on the app, meaning users are unable to send unsolicited nudes to random people.

“Chappy is the first gay dating app to bring this type of privacy notification to market, it’s imperative we protect the integrity of our users and create a safer and increasingly respectful platform,” said Max Cheremkhin, Co-Founder, Chappy.

“In addition to our current safety measures we hope Screenshot will encourage user accountability and help make Chappy users feel safer, as we continue to build a transparent community.”

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