A Grindr spokesman told Pink News: “Grindr is definitely aware of spambot activity and security improvements are a top priority for us.
It's billing itself as “Tinder Minus Marriage-Minded Daters,” and it's launching today for i OS (available for Android soon).
CEO Michelle Li founded the app after she noticed many of her friends in the market for simple hookups weren’t having luck.
He told Pink News: “It’s not a natural conversation flow – so it seems supicious but equally it its convincing enough to be real.” One Twitter user questioned why, if trying to convince Grindr users a bot was a real man, would they name him Herbert.
The reader, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had received the same set of messages more than once, and that he realised he was not speaking to a real person when he began receiving responses not lining up with what he said.
Others tested the sophistication of the conversation the bots were capable of by saying their penis had fallen off, or that their mother had just died.
One user said he rarely used Grindr but that he had been contacted by a bot each time he had logged on in recent months.
Users pointed out that one way to spot a bot is that their height is often listed as under 3 foot The bots, after sometimes convincingly carrying out a conversation, try to lure the user into clicking on a spam link to a fake webcam site.
Some readers wrote in to point out that the bots often have a very small number listed under height, usually just over two feet.
And you can see them when you look at anyone's profile.
As with anything like this, scamming and fake profiles can be an issue.
To address it, the Casual X team will be manually reviewing each new profile.