New dating app Taimi aims to build ‘biggest and safest gay dating community’

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A new dating app has claimed to be an extra-safe, secure tool for meeting new people and starting relationships within the gay community.

The US-based app Taimi, which has its headquarters in Las Vegas, is a dating application which “makes finding a perfect guy, making friends and forming meaningful relationships easier than ever before.”

The website states the app, which is free to download, is “the safest way” to meet a man and is a “secure and reliable tool for building new connections.”

“We aim at building the biggest and safest gay dating & community,” the developers add.

The app has several safety features, including two-factor authentication of a log in and PIN or fingerprint, artificial intelligence to verify accounts and detect fraud and only allows verified and moderated users.

Grindr (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

An investigation revealed Grindr was sharing the personal details of users (Leon Neal/Getty)

The developers add the app is “fresh,” “stable” and “fast-performing” too.

Users can pay more for an optional subscription package which has additional features including more filters, search criteria and sending messages without waiting for a match.

The app, launched in 2017, is being advertised as a safer way to date just weeks after it emerged the popular dating app Grindr was sharing the HIV statuses, sexual preferences and other personal details of users with outside software vendors.

A BuzzFeed investigation found the app had shared data with two external companies, including their GPS position, sexuality, relationship status, phone ID and ethnicity.

Apptimize and Localytics, the companies that received the data, monitor how users interact with the software to see what could be improved.

Grindr Founder Joel Simkhai was bought out by Chinese investors last year (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)

Grindr’s Vice President of Social Impact Jack Harrison-Quintana apologised for the “distress” caused to users.

“I want to start by apologising from everyone here at the Grindr team for all of the distress that we’ve caused over the last 48 hours,” he said in a video.

“I know that many of you have questions about what happens to the information you put on your Grindr profile, and I’m going to try and answer some of those questions today.

“I want to say at the outset very clearly that we have never and would never sell any user data, especially HIV information, to advertisers, or anyone else.”

He added: “As I mentioned, Grindr has never, nor would we ever, sell user information, especially about HIV status.

“The only people who have access to Grindr user information are our trusted contractors, who help us roll out new features and deliver relevant messages to our users.”