Dating app Tinder has announced changes to its community guidelines and as a part of this change, it will remove social media handles from bios. This change comes as the app aims to “reinforce authenticity, respect, and inclusivity” by updating policies. As the new guidelines come into effect, Tinder users will start receiving notifications on the app and on email.
“The majority of Tinder’s members are 18-25, and Tinder is often their first dating experience. To guide these younger daters as they start their dating journey, Tinder is using this policy refresh to remind and educate members about healthy dating habits — both online and in real life,” said Tinder member strategy SVP Ehren Schlue.
Tinder stresses on making ‘personal connections’
Tinder highlighted that the app is to be used for making “personal connections, not biz ones”.
“Tinder is not a place to promote businesses to try making money. Members shouldn’t advertise, promote, or share social handles or links to gain followers, sell things, fundraise, or campaign,” the company said in a blog post.
“To help combat this, Tinder will remove social handles from public bios,” it added.
Tinder bats for ‘a safe and inclusive space’
Apart from that, Tinder revealed certain actions it was taking to improve the experience on the platform. It mentioned that the app was sending reminders to users suggesting them to use in-app features for defining their preferred ‘relationship types’ and ‘goals’.
Relationship Types is a recently released feature that lets users inform others if they are looking for ethical non-monogamy, open relationships, or polyamory. Additionally, the company shared its inclination towards creating a safe and inclusive online space. It reiterated that any ‘harmful’ acts from Tinder users will be taken “very seriously.”
“Tinder takes its Community Guidelines very seriously. Members should report anyone who causes them harm or discomfort or is found to be violating any of these rules using the many ways available,” the company said.
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