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Tinder, Grindr And Bumble Face Investigations Over Allowing Predatory and Underage Use

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The US House Oversight and Reform subcommittee announced an investigation into popular dating apps including Tinder, Grindr, and Bumble. The House is investigating claims that the apps are allegedly allowing minors and convicted s*x offenders on their services.

 

In a press release the Chairman of the subcommittee, Raja Krishnamoorthi, sent letters to Match Group, Inc, the parent company of major dating apps like Tinder, Hinge, and OK-Cupid.

 

It sought information related to allegations that numerous dating apps have failed to effectively screen out underage users. This they say could create dangerous and inappropriate situations. Krishnamoorthi wrote:

 

“Our concern about the underage use of dating apps is heightened by reports that many popular free dating apps permit registered s*x offenders to use them, while the paid versions of these same apps screen out registered s*x offenders. Protection from s*xual predators should not be a luxury confined to paying customers.” 

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Krishnamoorthi also referred to an investigation by ProPublica, BuzzFeed, and Columbia Journalism in 2019. They had discovered more than 150 instances of s*xual assault involving dating apps.

 

About 10 percent of involved users had connected with dates who had faced were convictions or s*xual assault suspects.

 

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Bumble faces investigation for allegedly allowing minors and convicted s*x offenders on their services. Photo: The Verge.

Match Group says the report is disingenuous and inaccurate

A Match Group spokesperson called the report “disingenuous” and “inaccurate”. The spokesperson, however, declined to comment on any specific facts in the story.

 

The statement said Match Group didn’t gather enough data on its free users to conduct meaningful background checks.

 

“As technology evolves, we will continue to aggressively deploy new tools to eradicate bad actors, including users of our free products like Tinder, Plenty of Fish, and OkCupid where we are not able to obtain sufficient and reliable information to make meaningful background checks possible,” the spokesperson said.

 

Match Group also told Time that the US national s*x offender registry needs to be updated. This is so that perpetrators’ digital footprints can be tracked and blocked by social media and dating services.

 

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