Gay Dating App Scruff Buys Gay Dating App Jack'd

Wednesday July 10, 2019

Not long after it was reported that the gay dating app Jack'd agreed to pay $240,000 for failing to protect users' information, including nude photos, the gay dating app Scruff announced Wednesday that it is purchasing Jack'd.

Perry Street Software, the New York-based parent company of Scruff, acquired Jack'd and said in a press release that it will "continue to operate as a stand-alone app to ensure that it remains a distinct and supportive space" for its users.

"For years, we have admired the diverse and global community on Jack'd. Since its launch in 2010, Jack'd has grown to more than 5 million members worldwide," Eric Silverberg, CEO of Perry Street Software, said in a statement. "This acquisition will provide Jack'd members with the same combination of technology and active moderation we have developed at Scruff, so that the Jack'd community members will be protected against harassment, spam bots, scammers, and risks while traveling.

"Perry Street will invest significant resources to upgrade the technology and reliability of the Jack'd app," Silverberg added. "Perry Street Software will work with Jack'd members to create a platform that enables them to create authentic connections on their own terms, whether they are looking for friends, dates, a hookup, or more.

The press release states that Jack'd users can "expect to see the removal of all programmatic advertising, enhanced controls over privacy and security, and new features such as improved messaging, redesigned Match, richer search, and the ability to include video as part of member private albums or in chat" in the coming months.

"We recognize that the growth Jack'd experienced in building its app created some technical and logistical growing pains, and we are eager through this acquisition to provide Jack'd members with a much improved software experience," Silverberg said.

Perry Street's acquisition comes not long after Jack'd's parent company Online Buddies reached a settlement with New York's attorney general after the company was accused of not protecting private photos of its users. Online Buddies agreed to pay $240,000 and implement a "compressive security program" to prevent similar incidents in the feature.

It was reported more than a year ago that there was a security flaw in the app that made users' sensitive data exposed. The data included nude photos of users and pictures that revealed users' locations, putting some users at risk for blackmail or even worse — some centuries have outlawed homosexuality, which could be criminally punishable.

Read more about Jack'd's settlement by clicking here.