Disinfo: Tinder will warn its users that Poland is a country dangerous for LGBT community

Summary

Tinder will warn its users that Poland is a country dangerous for LGBT community. A popular global dating application Tinder introduced “Traveller Alert”, which will warn its users about the countries potentially dangerous for representatives of the LGBT community. About 70 countries, such as Afghanistan, Tanzania, and Poland, are on the list.

Disproof

The story is based on the article by The Independent, which, even though it mentions the current situation in Poland, does not say that Poland is on the Tinder's list of countries unsafe for the LGBT community. The Tinder Traveller Alert will warn its LGBT users about countries that continue to enforce prejudiced laws against LGBT persons. Tinder will use the list of about 70 countries with anti-LGBT laws – this list was prepared by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). This ILGA map presents the countries, where the Tinder Travel Alert will be on (red colour) – Poland is not among these countries. The full ILGA report on the state-sponsored homophobia is available here. See here for other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives regarding the LGBT community.

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  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/07/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland
  • Keywords: LGBT
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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia and Nazism in the Baltic countries. The disinformation message appeared after Latvia blocked the access to the Baltnews portal. The decision citing EU sanctions to Russia was made after Latvian ministry of foreign affairs indicated that the portal belongs to the Rossiya Segodnya news agency, which is headed by Dmitry Kiselyov, who is on the EU’s list of sanctioned persons. Other Baltic States also recognize Baltnews portals as Russia's state financed propaganda media outlets. (See National Threat Assessment 2017 by the Lithuanian State Security Department). See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Baltic states openly glorify Nazism and that Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania.

Disinfo: The strategic aim of the UK Conservative party is Russia's collapse

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West encircling Russia. See similar disinformation cases about Western "Great Turan" doctrine aimed at creating a ring of unfriendly states along Russia's southern border, anti-Russian plan for an "Anaconda ring", Western attempts to break Russia up into a few nominally independent states.