CUPERTINO, CA, December 16, 2013 – “If you’re gay and new to an area, how do you find out where gay people hang out?”
That, according to the creators of a newly-approved app for Apple’s iOS-based phones and tablets, is the “overly simplistic description” of the “problem” they sought to solve with Distinc.tt – billed as “the only gay social app approved by the iTunes store for 12-year-olds and older.”
Describing itself as “Grindr meets Foursquare,” Distinc.tt tracks users’ locations via GPS and lets them search for other users who share their interests and may be near enough for a face-to-face meeting at a restaurant or other venue. While previous homosexual dating apps like Grindr and Manhunt have been exclusively 18+ due to their focus on facilitating anonymous sexual encounters, Distinc.tt managed to win approval for users 12 and up by advertising itself as the “LGBT app that you can bring home to Mom.”
The app was intended to facilitate dating for people who are already out and about, but one commenter on a gay website warned that those who fail to disable the default tracking settings will constantly broadcast their location to other users even when they are at home. That may concern parents of children who download the app, as predators could use the information to find vulnerable targets.
While the app is also available for Google’s Android operating system, that company has limited its availability to users 18 and older.
Only Apple has approved Distinc.tt for use by minor children.