As a major player in the online dating scene, Tinder restricts access for under-aged users. But before talking about the reasons behind this decision, it is useful to map out the road from traditional romantic dinners to super fast dating.
Long story short, three years after the launch of Grindr in 2009 (a dating application geared to gay men, which uses GPS technology to advertise the closest potential partners near your current location), the market seized the opportunity and a few mobile app developers created a brand new software for heterosexual people as well. Known by the name of Tinder, the application reached one billion swipes by 2014, only two years after its initial launch.
Even though the algorithm behind each app is different, the principles and the purposes remain the same. However, while Grindr was never aimed at under-aged users, Tinder was available until recently to people ages 13 to 17. To avoid any legal issues, youngsters belonging to this age bracket could only match users fitting into the same age group.
This circumstance exposes the company to a range of different legal consequences that may occur in the situation something goes wrong. And this scenario is not a mere fiction. With the increasing sexualization of all online and offline interactions facilitated by the company, Tinder restricts access for users under 18.
A new (however still experimental) beta feature, which enables people to find partners for group sex made it obvious that Tinder may not be the perfect place for your children to play.
This is one of the reasons for which, starting next week, they will restrict access for under-aged children. A recent statement made by the company`s officials reads the following:
“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. We believe this is the best policy moving forward. This change will take effect next week.”
Vice-president of Communications Rosette Pambakian claimed that this new measure affects only three percent of their users. According to her, “a number of factors go into making a decision like this, but we are confident that we landed on the right policy.”
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