Tinder backlash over Black Lives Matter ban
Tinder says it will no longer ban people from using the app to promote the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dozens said they were removed for encouraging others to sign and donate and others complained that they had been banned for simply adding the movement’s hashtag to their profile.
Status accounts in the dating app guidelines cannot be used for “promotional purposes”.
But now banned users can contact Tinder directly to be restored, he says.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world protested after George Floyd’s death.
And supporters of Black Lives Matter have used social media to raise awareness and funds.
One user tweeted: “Yesterday I changed my Tinder biography to” All Black Lives Matter. If you don’t think so, scroll left [as I would not want to date you], “and my account has been banned.”
While another said, “I added [the hashtag] #BlackLivesMatter to my Tinder biography and the following day my account was banned. Yikes! “
Other users said that their accounts had been banned after offering to send naked pictures of themselves on other platforms to those who had donated money to charities linked to the Black Lives Matter case.
“From time to time, our members use Tinder to address the topics they are interested in,” a spokesperson for Buzzfeed News said.
“And while our community guidelines provide that we can remove accounts used for promotional purposes, we are committed to enforcing our guidelines in line with our values.
“We have expressed our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and we want our platform to be a place where our members can do the same.”
Last month, Tinder shared a statement in support of the black community and said he would donate an unspecified sum of money to movement-related causes.
“We will not be silent when we see injustice in the word,” said the company.