Grindr, the dating and hookup app for gay and bisexual men, has just received millions of dollars in investment from a Chinese technology firm.
The company, Beijing Kunlun Tech, which is run by billionaire Zhou Yahui, paid $93 million (£64 million) for a 60 per cent controlling stake in the company - a significant sum for what is Grindr's first outside investment.
LGBT people still face severe discrimination in China, and although homosexuality has been legal since 1997, gay people don't have the right to get married and have no legal protection from discrimination in the workplace or other areas.
Despite China's record on LGBT rights, Grindr founder and CEO Joel Simkhai told users in an open letter that it would be "business as usual" for the company, although he added the additional resources would now let the company expand further.
It's not known whether the new deal will see Grindr grow in China, where it is currently being beaten by the much more popular Blued, a dating app for gay men that boasts around 15 million users in the country.
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1/10 Hilary Duff
A year after splitting from her husband Mike Comrie, the newly single Lizzie McGuire child star has started a profile on Tinder so she can date normal folks, like you or I.
2/10 Leonardo DiCaprio
OK, so the days of Titanic poster boy Leo might be dead in the water, but that hasn't stopped famous lady's man Mr DiCaprio from making himself publicly available. According to "a source" he's been swiping away as a "Leonard".
3/10 Katy Perry
"I’m really deep on Tinder so I don’t have a whole lot of time," the pop singer told one radio station following her split from John Mayer for the umpteenth time last year.
4/10 Shane Warne
Lock up your mothers - Shane Warne is just 13km away, according to his profile. The former cricketer landed himself in hot water via the dating app when a mother-of-two from Adelaide cashed in on their apparently steamy Tinder hookup.
5/10 Lindsay Lohan
Imagine Lindsay Lohan's face when she was happily swiping through Tinder one day and came across her own brother? “Look who I just found on @tinderapp ... hey bro,” she tweeted.
6/10 Chris Pine
Whether he's actually on there RIGHT NOW, at this VERY MOMENT, remains unclear. But Chris Pine did tell Cosmopolitan recently: “I have a couple of buddies who use Tinder. Whatever eases the process is great, since it can be awkward or uncomfortable meeting someone.”
7/10 Lily Allen
Is very much married to a builder. But that hasn't stopped her enjoying the contagious swipe action in her spare time. “Just discovered tinder,” the singer wrote on Twitter. “*waves goodbye to life*”
8/10 Ed Sheeran
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9/10 Britney Spears
Jimmy Fallon added the singer to the app himself in September 2014 after she split up from David Lucado. Whether she used it or not...
10/10 Samuel Preston
OK, so we've swung down market somewhat. See also Calum Best and the entire cast of Made In Chelsea. They're all on there. Happy swiping.
Unusually for a successful tech company, Grindr has always been self-sufficient, generating its own funds since it was created in 2009 rather than relying on hefty investments from venture capitalists.
Grindr raises money through subscription fees to the premium Grindr Xtra service and advertising.
The app is currently used by millons of people a day in 192 countries, providing an important lifeline to gay men in places where they face discrimination.
However, the app has faced criticism in the past over allegations that a feature that lets users see how far away other users are could let third parties track their locations - after it was reported that police in Egypt had been using this claimed security flaw to track and arrest gay people, it was disabled by the company.
Yahui said he had been "very impressed" by Grindr's growth, and said his company was "extremely excited" about the future of the partnership.
In his statement, Simkhai said the investment was a "huge vote of confidence" in his company's vision to "connect gay men to even more of the world around them," and signed off with the message: "Grind on."Reuse content