Indeed, one of the men was from a country where gay people are often subjected to violence and intimidation.

Mark Joseph Stern wrote that he could identify the athletes armed only with the article and a search engine, calling the article a "wildly unethical train wreck"."With his dubious premise established, Hines proceeds to out athlete after athlete, providing enough information about each Olympian he encounters for anyone with basic Google skills to uncover their identities.

(After several minutes of Googling, I surmised the identities of five of the gay athletes Hines described.)"Stern wasn't alone.

As shared in our editor's note earlier today, we initially thought swift removal of any identifying characteristics and better clarification of our intent was the adequate way to address this.

Our initial reaction was that the entire removal of the piece was not necessary. We're sorry.""The article was not intended to do harm or degrade members of the LGBT community, but intent doesn't matter, impact does.

And hoping to get a scoop on the sexy subject, Nico Hines, a reporter for the Daily Beast, published a piece that investigates (and possibly outs) gay Olympic athletes in an attempt to explore the dating scene Wednesday. "I didn't lie to anyone or pretend to be someone I wasn't — unless you count being on Grindr in the first place." However, since the next sentence immediately clarifies that he's a straight male with a wife and kid, many, in fact, count that.

article about dating apps at the Olympics that they say effectively outed gay athletes.

The article is the latest example of "Grindr-baiting" - a kind of stunt journalism where the gay dating app is used to report on closeted men.

Grindr predates and inspired the more popular (and mostly heterosexual) dating app Tinder.Author Nico Hines, who is straight, used Tinder, Bumble, and Grindr in his article - but said Grindr got him the most matches, with "dozens" of eligible bachelors.Many people on social media and in other news websites say the story effectively outed the gay athletes Hines messaged.READ MORE: 450,000 condoms to be given away in Rio 2016When the piece was first released nobody was named - but it did note athlete's height and weight, their country of origin, and their event.It has since been edited to remove identifying details, then deleted - but older versions are still available with a bit of searching.As Hines himself noted, some of the athletes named live in "notoriously homophobic" countries - meaning outing them could actively endanger them.