New Tinder Alert Protects LGBTQ Users in Hostile Nations
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Love is love is love is love—even when found on Tinder.
To keep users safe in the nearly 70 countries that effectively criminalize the LGBTQ community, Tinder is launching a new Traveler Alert feature.
Folks who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer will no longer automatically appear on Tinder when they open the dating app in discriminatory nations.
Rather, once the Traveler Alert is activated, users have the option to remain hidden or opt into making their profile public.
And even if you do choose to connect with new people, your profile’s sexual orientation or gender identity will not be displayed until after leaving the area.
The company partnered with ILGA World (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association) to establish locations in which Traveler Alert should be issued.
Traveler Alert that will appear when Tinder is opened in one of the nearly 70 countries that discriminate against the LGBTQ community (via Tinder)
“The alert will appear when users are on the ground in these countries, as well as if they are using Tinder’s Passport feature to connect and match with people anywhere in the world,” according to a blog announcement.
A staunch supporter of the Equality Act—a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity—Tinder believes everyone has the right to “live how they want to live and love who they want to love.”
So it’s no surprise that the dating service has implemented this safety feature for LGBTQ members.
“We want you to have fun, but your safety is our No. 1 priority,” the Traveler Alert says. “Please proceed with caution and take extra care when making new matches and meeting with people you do not know.”
This update, available now to iOS and Android devices, also includes additional dating safety tips.
“We’re rolling out a Traveler Alert … to ensure that our users are aware of the potential dangers the LGBTQ community faces,” the Tinder blog said. “So that they can take extra caution and do not unknowingly place themselves in danger for simply being themselves.”
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