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Tinder Announces New Safety Feature for Members of the LGBTQ Community

In addition to its Traveler Alert, Tinder has launched a number of updates and efforts in support of the LGBTQ community over the last year

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

Global online dating app Tinder on Thursday announced a new safety feature for members of the LGBTQ community aiming to protect them from the risk of using dating apps in nearly 70 countries where the LGBTQ status still remains criminalised.

Called the “Traveler Alert”, the in-app feature would appear in such hostile countries as soon as the app is opened to warn users about the potential dangers LGBTQ people face in the region.

As part of the update, users who identify as LGBTQ would no longer automatically appear on Tinder in these countries once the alert is activated. Users would also have the choice to either remain hidden while in that location or opt to make their profile public to connect with new people.

“The Tinder Traveler Alert combines these values, ensuring that our LGBTQ+ users are aware of the necessary precautions they need to take in countries that are hostile towards gender and sexual orientations outside the binary,” said Taru Kapoor, GM-India, Tinder and Match Group.

Tinder Dating App (Representational image).

The feature is rolling out for both Android as well as iOS users.

To help establish where the alert should be deployed, Tinder collaborated with Switzerland-based International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) World, sourcing data from their latest homophobia report.

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In addition to its Traveler Alert, Tinder has launched a number of updates and efforts in support of the LGBTQ community over the last year.

With the help of India’s oldest LGBTQ organisation – The Humsafar Trust – the app released 23 more genders, followed by the launch of a new sexual orientations feature to give users another way to express their sexuality. (IANS)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter to Soon Let Users Follow Topics

Twitter revenue grew 18 per cent year-over-year to reach $841 million in the second quarter of 2019, while its average monetisable daily active users (mDAU) hit 139 million

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Twitter is a social media app that encourages short tweets and brief conversations. Pixabay

Not just people, Twitter is now testing a way to let users follow topics including sports teams, celebrities and TV shows.

Topics will be curated by Twitter, with individual tweets being identified through machine learning, and for now, only sports-related interests can be followed, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

“Our desire is to be a little bit more ambitious about the level of change that we introduce into the product,” Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour was quoted as saying.

You will also be able to mute topics.

For example, if you are following a TV show but have not seen the most recent episode, you can temporarily hide tweets about it.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

The micro-blogging platform aims to roll out the feature by the end of the year.

“The company is also exploring other features such as a search tool for your direct messages and the ability to reorder photos after you attached them to a tweet,” reports CNET.

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The edit button, however, is not expected anytime soon.

Twitter revenue grew 18 per cent year-over-year to reach $841 million in the second quarter of 2019, while its average monetisable daily active users (mDAU) hit 139 million. (IANS)