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In the weeks after the September crackdown, both Grindr and Hornet began sending out warnings through their apps, notifying users of the crackdown and giving the same advice about retaining a lawyer and watching for police accounts.
The messages served as a kind of early warning system, a way to spread news of the new threat as quickly as possible.
The apps themselves have become both evidence of a crime and a means of resistance.
How an app is built can make a crucial difference in those cases.
He was taken to the Forensic Authority, where doctors examined his anus for signs of sexual activity, but there was still no real evidence of a crime.
After three weeks, he was convicted of crimes related to debauchery and sentenced to a year in prison.
He jumped at the chance, leaving Egypt behind forever. As LGBTQ Egyptians flock to apps like Grindr, Hornet, and Growlr, they face an unprecedented threat from police and blackmailers who use the same apps to find targets.
But Firas’ lawyer was able to appeal the conviction, overturning it six weeks later.
Police kept him locked up for two weeks after that, refusing to allow visitors and even denying that he was in custody.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) has documented more than 230 LGBTQ-related arrests from October 2013 to March 2017, which is more than in the previous 13 years combined.
For those in the community, the threat of violence is hard to escape.