Several blogs — including Queerty and Joe.My.God. — are reporting that Apple has pulled Grindr from the iTunes Store. According to Wikipedia, Grindr was removed from the app store last night at midnight. It’s unclear whether the removal is related to Apple’s recent purge of “adult” apps, and some are already alleging homophobia. If you already have Grindr on your phone, it’s still reportedly working — you just can’t download it. This development comes as Grindr was preparing to celebrate its first anniversary, with parties around the globe between March 23 and 29. One of those parties was set for Station 4 on Friday night.
UPDATE: Looks like this is a false alarm. Queerty is now reporting that the founder of the Grindr app, Joel Simkhai, said it will be available again soon. And sure enough, it’s back in the app store as of 12:48 p.m. Dallas time. Publicity stunt?