Tinder introduces travel safety feature for LGBTQ users in countries with discriminatory laws

Mail Online | 7/24/2019 | James Pero For Dailymail.com
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Dating app Tinder will roll out new safety features that alerts LGBTQ users when they're using its service in a country with discriminatory laws.

The new feature keys in on 70 different countries chosen with help from the the International ****, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and is effective today.

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Countries under the feature's umbrella include Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, and more.

'We’re rolling out a Traveler Alert that will appear when Tinder is opened in one of these locations to ensure that our users are aware of the potential dangers the LGBTQ community faces so that they can take extra caution and do not unknowingly place themselves in danger for simply being themselves,' said the company in a statement.

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Tinder says the feature works by automatically hiding the user upon entering one of the countries and will appear in the form of an alert within the app.

Users -- or at least those who have have input their sexual orientation into the app --will then have the option to either remain hidden or revert to making their profile public.

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Alerts will also appear on the ground for users in that area even if they haven't just traveled to the country.

While the feature may benefit unsuspecting users who would otherwise be in danger, Tinder has often been criticized by members of the LGBTQ community in the past, particularly those who...
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