Social media has erupted with a massive growl of anger following mass account suspensions on the popular dating app Growlr.
Growlr, which caters to bearish men, launched in 2012 and claims to boast more than 2 million users. The mass suspensions appear to have begun February 17, and have caused a massive outcry on Facebook and Twitter. At the time of this writing, the company has yet to comment publicly on the reason for the suspensions, or the steps it is taking to resolve the issue. It also remains unclear just how many users were suspended.
This morning’s funniests posts, unintentionally or not, are about Growlr banning everyone from its app. It’s like someone turned on the lights in the backroom and people are angry that they now have to interact.
— Dale Lazarov @C2E2 Booth 162 (@dalelazarov) February 18, 2020
Media speculation has noted that the company–which sold to the straight-owned The Meet Group for more than $11 million last year–may have signaled its demise. At the time, CEO Geoff Cook said “We are thrilled to add Growlr to The Meet Group portfolio. Similar to what we have done with our other acquired properties, we plan to be aggressive in bringing our video model to Growlr. We expect to begin rolling out live video on Growlr in the fourth quarter of 2019. We also see opportunities to grow advertising revenue on the app, and we plan to further invest in user acquisition to expand brand awareness and reach.”
Widespread suspensions on @Growlr tonight. Who else got suspended? My current count is eight.
— Bryan Knight 26K Fllwrs! (@BryanKnight66) February 18, 2020
The end of @Growlr is near!! (Or at the very least, my paid subscription to this continually buggy, subpar, and featureless app)
— ty tull (xxx) (@TyTull) February 18, 2020
Just hopping on here to see how much of my timeline is fellow bears/cubs/daddies/chubs and otters affected by the Great @Growlr Profile Rapture….. Yep, pretty much everyone! #Growlr #GrowlrPurge #GrowlrGate2020
— Will Smink (@CharmCityGing) February 18, 2020
Maybe those plans didn’t pan out?