Tinder To Ban U-18 Users, Lose 3 Pct
Online puritanism enforcers rejoice!
Tinder announced its bold and PG-13 friendly plan to bar teenagers. Everyone below the maximum age of consent will not be able to use the service starting next week. Registered users between 13 and 17 will no longer swipe the pictures back and forth, contrary to the original policy, with their accounts suspended and removed.
Here's what Tinder's representative said, literatim:
On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences. Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users.
To the grief of teenage users, they will no longer be able to use the service until they turn 18, even if their state's age of consent is below this threshold.
Earlier, users between the age of 13 and 17 were able to meet, which is a polite term for "hook up" with other Tinderers of the same age bracket, with no access to or by older users. The policy that has been in place since the original rollout in 2012, however, checking on every underage is nearly impossible. Therefore, numerous users violated this rule by pretending to be older, like taking a selfie with a beer in their hand.
Tinder acknowledges that the move will cost them circa 3 percent of users globally,` but the mantra seems to be "it's the right thing".
17 and infuriated? Vent out your anger and frustration in the comments below or call your local teen line!