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Dating Apps Questioned Over Age Verification After Child Abuse Cases

Launched in 2012, Tinder has 57 million users around the world and Grindr, founded as a gay dating app in 2009, has 27 million users worldwide

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Dating apps Tinder and Grindr were being questioned over their age verification requirements after several child abuse cases came into light.

“Lax controls on apps used by millions, such as Tinder and Grindr are giving sexual predators and paedophiles easy access to children,” Britain’s The Sunday Times said in a report.

About 30 incidents of child rape have been investigated since 2015 in the UK alone.

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A man uses the dating app Tinder in New Delhi, India. (VOA)

“Documents reveal 60 further cases of child sex offences via online dating services, including grooming, kidnapping and violent sexual assault,” the report said on Monday.

A person 18 years or older cannot see Tinder profiles of users aged 17 and under. Similarily teenagers can view only profiles within the 13-17 age group, information available on public domain suggests.

The report, however, raised questions on the security of app users on such popular dating sites.

“We are consistently evaluating and refining our processes to prevent underage access, and will always work with law enforcement, where possible, to protect our users as well. We don’t to want minors on Tinder. Period,” The Verge quoted a Tinder spokesperson as saying.

Tinder Dating App. Source: Digital Trends

The dating companies claimed to have been using algorithmic and human screening tools to keep children from using their apps.

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“We are saddened to learn of these reports. Grindr is committed to creating a safe and secure environment to help our community connect and thrive, and any account of sexual abuse or other illegal behavior is troubling to us as well as a clear violation of our terms of service. We are constantly working to improve our tools,” a Grindr spokesperson said.

Launched in 2012, Tinder has 57 million users around the world and Grindr, founded as a gay dating app in 2009, has 27 million users worldwide. (IANS)

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Dating App Tinder to Now Share User Data with Russian Authorities

Russian authorities last year issued an order to ban messaging app Telegram after it refused to hand over user data

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Tinder Dating App. Source: Digital Trends
The Tinder dating app, where people looking for dates swipe left or right on profiles of other users to reject or accept them, is now required to share its user data with Russian authorities on request, according to Russias Roskomsvoboda internet rights group.
Tinder was added on May 31 to the list of services that have to comply with the Russian data requests. The data Tinder must collect and provide to Russia, upon request, user data and all communications, including audio and video.
Russia adopted a flurry of legislation in recent years tightening control over online activity.
In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill designed to help the government create its own national Internet — not entirely unlike China’s — for the alleged purpose of countering international cyber warfare.
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A man uses the dating app Tinder in New Delhi, India. (VOA)
Russian authorities will gain new powers to block content in November when legislation that seeks to expand Russia’s sovereignty over its segment of the web comes into force.
A total of 175 online services are on the list requiring them to hand over user data to Russian authorities. Most are small websites in Russian regions.
Russian authorities last year issued an order to ban messaging app Telegram after it refused to hand over user data. (IANS)