6- The Social Chasm
as well. Grindr, a dating app for homosexual men, and its lesbian counterpart, Wapa, are in heavy use. While there are no reliable surveys for these happenings, a religious institution in Cairo claimed that there were precisely 2,293 atheists in the Arab world, with 866 of them living in Egypt. Moroccan journalist Ahmed Benchemsi has been able to find “over 250 pages or Atheist groups, with memberships ranging from a few individuals to more than 11,000,” on Facebook alone. And while there are no statistics on how many women have taken off their hijabs or how many people have come out as LGBT, brands such as Raye7, a culturally sensitive ride sharing service that is synonymous with UBER, Minder, the Muslim Tinder and Muslimface, a Muslim social networking site similar to Facebook, might be representative of what is unfolding.
These crackdowns — as well as the many personal stories of liberation — are just a few of many. But they demonstrate what’s happening on the ground. It’s a battle between conservative establishments employing the old tools of dictatorship and a young, revolutionary generation taking to social media and other innovative platforms. The consumer market will increasingly reflect this new reality.
Minder, Muslim Dating App Data Source: Foreign Policy