May 21, 2021
Tinder tweak urges people to think before sending abuse
Dating app Tinder will detect abusive messages and ask the writer to stop and think before sending them, in an effort to tackle harassment. Tinder said the "Are you sure?" system had "Reduced inappropriate language in messages sent" in trials by about 10%. Instagram and Twitter already use similar systems to detect abusive comments and tweets. Tinder already asks people receiving messages in which it has detected an abusive phrase: "Does this bother you?". Social media is full of people sharing some of the harassing and sexually explicit messages they have received from strangers on Tinder. Tinder's experiment demonstrated that asking people to stop and think reduced the amount of harassing messages by 10%. But that means 90% of them were still slipping through the net.
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