Tinder unveils a safety feature on Wednesday to protect the LGBTQ users during their visit to other countries where relationship between same sex persons is criminal offence or not permitted. As per the press release by Tinder, upon opening the dating app nearly in 70 countries user will receive the traveler alert to notify them that LGBTQ community can be panelized.
Lesbians, bisexual, gay, queer and transgender users will not appear on the popular dating app when they travel to these locations. It is the choice of user whether to keep the profile public or hidden. However, they choose to keep it public then also the app will hide the details like sexual orientation and gender identity.
CEO of Tinder, Elie Seidman said that they serve all the communities regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity and they are proud to provide them the essential features to keep them safe.
They worked with ILGA, an organization that brings more than 1000 LGBTQ organizations together, to decide the countries that should be a part of the alert system. Some of these countries include Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Iran, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates. Egypt is also on the list as reports of 2018state that the authorities used dating apps to persecute and entrap gay men.
Ari Ezra from New York Law School emailed NBC News that the new security feature of Tinder is a welcoming step in safety in design. The design strategies include aesthetics, opt-in buttons and defaults to offer protection to the users.
Pew research center in 2016 found that the use of these dating apps has tripled in the last three years. Experts say that this number is higher in the LGBTQ community. Ian Holloway, assistant professor at UCLA said that the massive amount of queer people using these dating apps makes the protection an urgent matter.