A spokesperson for Badoo declined to comment, while a representative for Match Group did not respond to a request for comment. In February, the company closed its Beijing office over concerns about handling personal user data as first reported by Reuters.
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Employees were particularly irked with Chen and what they viewed as his tone-deaf and inappropriate response to a clear violation of user privacy. Close drawer menu Financial Times International Edition. Kunlun has since pledged to sell it by June
Group Subscription. Later this year, Grindr is expected to launch another media venture, its second attempt at an LGBTQ-focused site, and prepare its business to be sold. Most employees saw the closure as an inevitability finally realized. Then, in late November, Chen posted a note to his personal Facebook page commenting on a vote in Taiwan that legally defined marriage as Chinese Gay Hookup App Now Bigger Than Grindr a man and a woman.
The Into story inspired by that remark and the subsequent backlash drove a deep fissure through Grindr. Submit it here. Moreover, employees were told to stop communicating with their Beijing counterparts and to move all company-related communications from WeChat, a popular Chinese messaging platform owned by Tencent, to Slack.
Following vacancies can be applied for only in Singapore. Pay based on use. Having eliminated most of the engineering team in the US while simultaneously looking to diversify from Beijing, Chen started making trips to Taipei, where he eventually opened a person engineering office.
At Into, which had launched in August , reporters — most of whom were contractors or freelancers — chased ambitious stories that required travel and video.