Dating app Tinder is shutting down its service for the under-18s. The official reason is hazy at best, but a moment’s thought says this is bad news for the safety of minors.
What’s the craic? Jordan Crook—Tinder discontinues service for users under 18:
[The ban is] starting next week, according to...VP of Communications Rosette Pambakian. ... Since it launched...anyone between 13 and 17 years old was only...match[ed] with others in that pool.
Here is Tinder’s official statement:..“We have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences. ... We have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users...moving forward.” [It also] said that this impacts less than 3 percent of the global user base.
Well, that PR statement is as clear as mud. Daniel van Boom explodes—Adults only:
It was hinted last week that Tinder would soon do more [for] transgender users. Now, [it will] help minors -- by not letting them use the app.
So all the younger users will just lie about their age now, right? Mark Mark Wilson’s words: [You're fired -Ed.]
Of course, there is little that can be done to prevent under-18s from...using a false date of birth. [It’s also] true of over-18s, who may be flexible with the truth...as well.
Which of course means minors might actually be less safe. GambaKufu worries about unintended consequences:
The system they’re getting rid of only lets 13-17 users see 13-17 users. Having 14-year-olds pretend to be [older] opens them up to all kinds of creepers.
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