Neville Johnson of Johnson & Johnson, LLP told CNNTech that there needs to be a law that criminalizes impersonation and protects victims online.
According to the complaint, there have been more than 100 reports flagging the fake profiles in Grindr's app, resulting in only generic replies from Grindr ("Thank you for your report.").
Grindr's terms of service state that impersonation accounts aren't permitted, but it's unclear whether Grindr is capable of cracking down on the accounts.
"If the manufacturer and seller both know the battery could explode, there's a duty to inform users of the risk," she said.
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In a statement, Grindr said it's "committed to creating a safe environment through a system of digital and human screening tools, while also encouraging users to report suspicious and threatening activities.
While we are constantly improving upon this process, it is important to remember that Grindr is an open platform."Much of our work is about finding the cracks and holes in [Section] 230," said Goldberg, who is known for taking on sexual privacy and revenge porn cases."Companies don't deserve special protections when their product is dangerous and [Section] 230 doesn't give them protection in such cases." Originally filed in a New York state court in January, the case was moved to federal court at Grindr's request in February.we'd need to examine the liability of the 'sellers' that are making available a dangerous product," she told CNNTech."This lawsuit puts them on notice that a dangerous product, one purportedly not controllable by its manufacturer, is being downloaded from their marketplaces." Goldberg likened it to a car battery exploding in a person's face."What are Grindr's legal responsibilities," asks Aaron Mackey, a Frank Stanton legal fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.