Tinder Will Soon Be Baring Minors
Tinder is banning users under 18 after concerns about children below the age of consent using the dating application. From next week, users under the age of 18 will be precluded from using the app, which is currently available to anyone aged 13 and over with a Facebook account. According to the location-based dating and social discovery service application, “it’s the right thing to do.”
Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s VP of communications explained their stance “On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences,” she said in a statement. Furthermore, she said “Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under-18 users. We’ve been reviewing this policy since early this year and believe it’s the right thing to do.”
The application requires users to sign up using their Facebook account, but some users still manage to fake their age as Facebook allows users to change their age a limited number of times and doesn’t verify people’s identities when they first sign up.
While the company has no actual mechanism to stop anyone in the 13-17 range circumventing the restrictions by changing their age on Facebook, the move will come as a welcome change of policy for those concerned about minors on dating apps.
Since the service launched in 2012, users who indicated they were between 13 and 17 on their Facebook profiles have only been able to match with others of the same age bracket, rather than the wider collection of Tinder users but there wasn’t much to stop people from falsely pretending to be either older or younger than they were in order to sign up. It is estimated that Tinder will be losing approximately 3% of its global user base in locking under-18s out of its service.
Tinder application is available for free download on both, App Store and Google Play.