Tinder is a location-based social dating app, which allows users to like and dislike and match based on mutual interest. Even if you are not a Tinder-user, you know the drill. Tinder has been widely used to find partners mostly for hook-ups. The LGBTQ+ community recently received a feature that allowed them to be more specific about sexual orientation and gender identity. But there have been several scary consequences that cause anxiety and fear among the users.
But Tinder has begun to take steps towards protecting and keeping their users safe. They recently announced a new feature.
The new safety feature called “Traveler Alert ” is specifically for LGBTQ+ users.
The feature warns the LGBTQ+ users, about countries that don’t allow same-sex marriage and is considered as a crime, and their swiping could be risky. This feature will roll out in the coming days for both android and ios users.
Tinder, which is available in 190 countries and in 40 languages worked with the LGBTQ+ Association to determine the countries which deem same-sex relation and also consider it illegal.
The move aims to protect individuals from 70 countries which have laws that target the LGBTQ+ people. Tinder also mentioned that the people who have been identified as LGBTQ+ in the app, will not have their profiles open in countries that have discriminatory laws against them. The users are given the option of hiding their profiles.
Once the user receives an alert, they can instantly hide their location on the profile and continue using the app. They’re sexual orientation and gender identity will be hidden until they leave that region. It is an added security layer to all LGBTQ+ users.
“Tinder Passport “:
This feature allows LGBTQ+ users to connect with people anywhere in the world. Checks the location of the user if changed to any of the areas condemned to laws against the LGBTQ+ community.
This feature will educate travelers and locals who may not be aware of such State-sponsored laws.
According to Tinder CEO Elie Seidman, the update is in direct response to the company’s decision in June to add new sexual orientation options. People can now select up to three out of nine terms that best describe their sexual orientation, which can then be displayed on profiles.
Those terms include:
straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, demisexual, pansexual, queer and questioning.
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After Tinder, a lot of other dating apps like Delta, Bumble, OkCupid, Grindr, Zoe, Just She, Surge, Fem are getting popular in India. Since the scrapping of Section 377, the LGBTQ+ dating has taken a bold transformation.
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Since tinder’s safety feature would educate its users to understand the countries which do not accept same-sex relations, it would also be better for the other apps to introduce various safety features as well.
Some of it could include:
- Verification of accounts – making sure about the Genuity of the users.
- Adding Emergency options – such as sharing of your location to your friends and family in case of any help required.
- Including the ” Travel Alert” feature for all the apps which are a global platform. It will help them understand cities that are LGBTQ+ friendly
According to Tinder, “Everyone should love who they want to love” and hence brought in many changes for the users of LGBTQ+ members. The purpose is to serve all communities, no matter what gender you belong to. We are proud to offer features that keep them safe. This step was taken to make sure our users are being protected around the world.
With the help of India’s oldest LGBTQ organization – The Humsafar Trust – the app released 23 more genders, followed by the launch of a new sexual orientations feature to give users another way to express their sexuality.
This development would raise awareness among tinder users, and help protect sexual orientations in countries that still consider same-sex marriage as a crime.
It is a good initiative, that dating apps are making an effort to add some safety features to help the LGBTQ+ community. Many individuals are coming out of the closets, while the fear of acceptance still prevails. It would still take generations for society to completely accept.
After being accepted in some parts of the world, LGBTQ+ members are still at risk and face the fear of being accepted in many regions.