In the hopes of protecting its LGBTQ users, Tinder has announced that it’s launching a new safety feature called Traveller Alert.
The feature will alert LGBTQ users if they’re in one of the nearly 70 countries where it’s still illegal to be gay .
Elie Seidman, CEO of Tinder, said: “We fundamentally believe that everyone should be able to love who they want to love – and we strive to reflect this in everything we do at Tinder.
“It is unthinkable that, in 2019, there are still countries with legislation in place that deprives people of this basic right.
“We serve all communities – no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation – and we are proud to offer features that help keep them safe.
“This alert is an example of the many steps that we are taking to protect our users around the world.”
The Traveller Alert will appear when the app is first opened in one of these countries.
Users will then have the choice to be hidden on the app while in that location, or opt into making their profile public.
If they do choose to remain visible on the app, Tinder will automatically remove the information about their sexual orientation or gender identity to keep them safe.
Once users have left the country, they’ll then be visible on the app again.
To develop the feature, Tinder worked with ILGA World, who will also provide more information to users, should they request it.
André du Plessis, Executive Director at ILGA World, said: “We hope that this development will raise awareness amongst all Tinder users, and help protect people of diverse sexual orientations in the 69 countries around the world that currently still criminalise same-sex love.”
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