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A new security feature rolling out on Tinder will help to protect LBGTQ+ users who travel to dozens of nations, which still criminalize same-sex acts or relationships.
As part of the update, users who identify as ****, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer on the app will no longer automatically appear on Tinder when they arrive in an oppressive state. This feature, which Tinder dubs the Traveler Alert, relies on your phone’s network connection to determine its location. From there it will give users the choice to keep their location private. If users opt-in to make their profile public again, Tinder will hide their sexual orientation or gender identity from their profile to safeguard the information from law enforcement and others who may target them, the company said.
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Once a user leaves the country or changes their location, their profile will become visible again.
“The purpose of this is to protect users who could be persecuted for their identity in these countries,” a spokesperson said.
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The dating app maker, which has tens of millions of users in 190 countries, said the update will warn users when they travel to a country where same-sex relationships are punished under law help to keep “all its users safe.”
“It is unthinkable that, in 2019, there are still countries with legislation in place that deprives people of this basic right,” said Elie Seidman, Tinder’s chief executive.
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Seidman said it was part of the company’s belief that “everyone should be able to love who they want...
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