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Orientation on Tinder will roll out to iOS and Android users in India, the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand throughout June 2019, Tinder said

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

There is good news for those who are single, but not straight. In a major step towards inclusivity, dating app Tinder has now started allowing users in some countries, including India, to share more information about their sexual orientation on their profile – whether they are heterosexual, gay, queer, asexual or bisexual.

To add more information about sexual orientation on Tinder, users can simply visit “Edit Info” within the app.

After tapping “Orientation,” they will be able to select up to three terms that they feel best describe their sexual orientation.

From there, users can also select whether to display their sexual orientation on their profile.

The update is in response to user feedback as well as a study conducted by the app, which found that the majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender plus other (LGBTQ+) respondents in India were interested in more options or easier ways to express their sexual orientation on dating platforms.

The study also found that 73 per cent of Indian LGBTQ+ adults believe online dating and social media have benefited their community positively over the last five years and more than half of the respondents said they have identified as LGBTQ+ online before formally coming out.

Tinder Dating App. Source: Digital Trends

“At Tinder, we recognise the diversity of our user base and want them to feel empowered to express themselves authentically,” said Taru Kapoor, General Manager-India, Tinder and Match Group.

To make sure the new feature is reflective of its user’s preferences, Tinder worked with Humsafar Trust that works for LGBTQ+ rights

“It’s heartening to see Tinder take a huge step forward towards inclusivity by including different orientations,” Ashok Row Kavi, Chair, The Humsafar Trust, said in a statement.

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“Bringing those in the LGBTQ+ spectrum to the mainstream means including a huge segment of our population that was previously denied this space. We aren’t only amidst different genders but also sexual orientations and just because we don’t talk about them or make them visible them doesn’t mean they are wrong,” Kavi said.

Orientation on Tinder will roll out to iOS and Android users in India, the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand throughout June 2019, Tinder said. (IANS)

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Tinder Rolling out a Photo Verification Service to Curb Catfishing

Additionally, Tinder has also announced a partnership with safety app Noonlight to give US-based users free access to the app

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

Location-based dating service major Tinder is rolling out a photo verification service, which it says will help ensure every match is who they say they are.

“Every day, millions of our members trust us to introduce them to new people, and we are dedicated to building innovative safety features powered by best-in-class technology that meet the needs of today’s daters,” said Elie Seidman, CEO of Tinder said in a statement on Thursday.

The feature allows members to self-authenticate through a series of real-time posed selfies, which are compared to existing profile photos using human-assisted AI technology.

Tinder Dating App. (Representational image). Pixabay

Verified profiles will display a blue checkmark so members can trust their authenticity.

The feature is currently testing in select markets and will continue becoming more widely available throughout 2020.

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Additionally, Tinder has also announced a partnership with safety app Noonlight to give US-based users free access to the app.

The on-demand integration will allow members to share details about upcoming dates via Noonlight’s Timeline feature, including who they are meeting, where and when, with the ability to easily and discreetly trigger emergency services if they are feeling uneasy or in need of assistance via the Noonlight app. (IANS)