Tinder Bans Users Under 18


Tech-savvy teens will have to find a new way to make personal connections: Tinder is reportedly barring users under the age of 18.

Since its launch in 2012, the social network has allowed everyone 13 years and older, matching teenagers with others in the same age range. But starting next week, a new policy aims to block underage swipers, according to TechCrunch.

"On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences," Tinder told the news blog. "Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under-18 users. We believe this is the best policy moving forward."

The change goes into effect next week, and impacts less than 3 percent of the global user base.

A Tinder spokeswoman declined to comment further, pointing PCMag to the statement published by TechCrunch.

This move comes after company CEO Sean Rad promised a transgender-friendly user experience, though details about the new filters remain scant.

Tinder has made a number of changes lately, starting with the introduction of "Super Like," a new way to let someone know they stand out from the crowd. It also added the option to include job and education info in user profiles, and tested the ability for folks to share profiles with friends.

It's not easy putting yourself out there in the virtual world of online dating, hoping to catch a stranger's eye, have some good conversation, maybe even go for coffee or drinks or dinner or a movie, for as long as you both shall live. Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe understands that, which is why she launched Bumble, a location-based social and dating app that permits women only to start a chat with their matches.

The female-centric company also does not take kindly to misogynistic users. After being alerted last week to verbal abuse by a user, the firm publicly shamed "Connor"—the guy who "lost his cool" in conversation with a female user named Ashley. According to screenshots provided by Ashley, the potential match turned sour quickly she asked what Connor does for a living.

"Because I've gotten tired of girls like you who shamelessly attempt to pry into my career (and really the kind of money/earning potential I have), I put my job in my profile," he wrote. "I now use it as a vetting process to determine the truly shameless and unintelligent ones on here."

After calling Ashley an "entitled, gold-digging whore" who prescribes to the "neo-liberal, Beyoncé, feminist cancer which plagues society," Connor ended on a particularly chauvinist note, writing that his "$300,000 job and Notre Dame finance degree has no use for you."

"We are going to hope that one day, you come around," Bumble wrote in a blog post, addressing the "small-minded, misogynist boy."

"We hope that the hate and resentment welling up inside of you will subside and you'll be able to engage in everyday conversations with women without being cowardice to their power," the company continued. "But until that day comes, Connor, consider yourself blocked from Bumble."

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