This could get awkward…
A tech professional from Washington DC has developed a new online tool that will allow users to see who has blocked them on gay hook-up app Grindr.
Trevor Faden’s C*ckblocked is free to use and anyone with a Grindr profile can access it.
“About two weeks ago I discovered that Grindr actually gives each user the profile IDs of all the users who blocked you on the app,” he told Queerty.
“They don’t display it anywhere on the actual app itself, but the data is there.
“So, I decided to build C*ckblocked,” he continues. “Basically you can login with your Grindr creds and it’ll show you all the users who blocked you on the app.”
Of course, after he created the tool, Trevor was intrigued to see who had blocked him.
“I’ve been surprised,” he said. “Some guys were completely random–why’d they block me!? (I’m looking at you Plaid Shirt-clad “D.C. Guy”!) Others were people I had spoken to in the past. I even saw a friend of mine on there! That was an odd conversation to have.”
That being said, Trevor doesn’t expect the online tool to stick around for long, adding that he reckons Grindr will shut it down within a week.
As for concerns regarding your online security and privacy, Trevor added: “Luckily, someone finding out that you blocked them on Grindr isn’t a huge security vulnerability, as much as it is an awkward conversation waiting to happen.
“That said, when you block someone on Grindr, you do assume that information will stay somewhat private.
“Sometimes that is unfortunately just an assumption, as we’ve seen with data breaches in the past at companies like Ashley Madison.
“All of this data is safe, until it’s not, which, in my opinion, just means that if you really want to keep a secret–don’t send it through the internet.”