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Single But Not Straight? Tinder wants to Find You a Match

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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Facebook Allows Tinder To Have Special Access To User Data

The documents running into nearly 7,000 pages were leaked to Duncan Campbell in February 2019 but published on Wednesday

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Facebook Dating was eventually launched in September with features similar to those in popular dating apps like Hinge, Bumble and Tinder. Pixabay

Despite dismissing Tinder cofounder Sean Rad as irrelevant, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg allowed the dating app special access to user data, as revealed by leaked exchanges between the two executives.

Access to Facebook data helped Tinder thrive, but there came a point when it inched closer to losing that access, Forbes reported on Thursday.

Released this week, the leaked correspondence is part of a long-running law suit in California state court, between former Facebook app developer Six4three and Facebook.

The documents running into nearly 7,000 pages were leaked to Duncan Campbell in February 2019 but published on Wednesday. According to Campbell’s website, he is an investigative journalist and a forensic expert based in Ireland.

In 2014, Facebook, which is facing several antitrust investigations, announced a new set of rules to prevent third-party app developers from getting access to data on users’ friends. The social networking giant set May 2015 as the deadline for complying to the new rules. But some firms continued to have access to the crucial data, including Tinder.

According to the report in Forbes, Facebook wanted the dating app to share trademark rights on “MOMENTS.”, a photo app that Facebook wanted to launch, an email exchange in March 2015 showed.

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Despite dismissing Tinder cofounder Sean Rad as irrelevant, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg allowed the dating app special access to user data, as revealed by leaked exchanges between the two executives. Wikimedia Commons

Despite giving Tinder preferential treatment, Zuckerberg rejected the suggestion he meet with Rad, explaining, “I don’t think he’s that relevant. He probably just wants to make sure we won’t turn off their API.”

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Facebook Dating was eventually launched in September with features similar to those in popular dating apps like Hinge, Bumble and Tinder. (IANS)