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It was one of the most widely mocked—and, often, plainly condemned—features on Grindr, the gay dating app: an ability to filter matches by their race.

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With widespread protests across America and the country engaging in a painful discussion about race, Grindr now says it will drop the function the next time that it updates its app. Spokespeople for OkCupid and Hinge voiced the same reasoning for keeping these filters: That the companies have heard from minority free dating sex websites who want the filters to find other users like themselves.

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Bumble and Tinder, the two dominant dating apps, do not allow users to sort by race. It may not make any difference, though.

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Scholarly research over the past decade has proven that, unsurprisingly, people take their racial biases with them when they log on to swipe right. Black users, meanwhile, were 10 times more likely than a white person than a white user was to reach out to a black person. I'm a senior editor sex club richmond Forbes, where I cover social media, creators and internet culture.

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