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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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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is working on a feature that will delete messages automatically after a stipulated time as set by users, according to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early.

Renamed “Delete Messages” from earlier “Disappearing Messages”, the feature is being tested in beta mode.

“In the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.282 update, we presented a new feature called ‘Disappearing Messages’ that will automatically delete messages after a certain time. The feature is still under development, and WhatsApp is starting to work again on it in the 2.19.348 update, where they renamed ‘Disappearing Messages’ to ‘Delete Messages’,” WABetaInfo reported.

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FILE – The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Once available, the “Delete Message” feature will come with a toggle on/off button and users can choose a stipulated time — 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year — for the messages to automatically disappear.

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Users who have enrolled themselves for Google Play beta programme can download the latest version. They can also manually update the app by downloading it from the APK available on APK Mirror platform.

According to WABetaInfo, the feature will be initially available for group chats only and can be enabled by the group’s administrators. Once enabled, the feature can be toggled in Contact Info or Group Settings. (IANS)