A few swipes into the popular dating app Bumble, and the diversity of interests is obvious: Users post photos of themselves swinging from trapezes, playing French horns, posing with freshly caught fish and, occasionally, brandishing a handgun or aiming a semiautomatic rifle.
But following a string of mass shootings and nationwide calls for gun control in recent weeks, Bumble is setting plans in motion to ban images of firearms for its nearly 30 million users.
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“We didn’t mean to offend people who care about this.” The company is looking at updating its Apple Store description to remove the offending terms, they added, but the process may take some time since Apple needs to approve any changes.Interestingly, Transdr arrives at a time when previously existing apps have already expanded their services to include trans users.Last month, a transgender woman in Oregon reportedly filed a lawsuit against Tinder, arguing that her profile was removed from the app for “violating its terms of service” after she indicated that she was a “preop trans woman.” Meanwhile, Craigslist shuttered its personals section in late March, removing yet another social networking resource for trans people.“Life has been so hard for trans people because they have to overcome the social stigma of being transgender.The company joins a long list of businesses that have cut ties with the National Rifle Association or sought to clarify their relationship with the industry since a deadly shooting in Florida last month.
Some 5,000 moderators around the world will scour new and existing profiles and remove gun-related content, said Whitney Wolfe Herd, Bumble’s founder and chief executive.A representative for Transdr told Huff Post in an email that such words were used “to improve the search ranking.” “Those terms …were used for SEO purposes because a lot of people search [for] them every day,” the representative said.The company, which is based in Austin, Tex., and also operates a networking service for professionals and a friend-matching function, is donating 0,000 toward a nationwide protest against gun violence planned for later this month.“Compared to what’s going on with Facebook and Twitter, we take a very proactive approach,” she said.“If I could police every other social platform in the world, I would.”Bumble’s policy is likely to meet with “significant backlash” from certain users and could even spawn niche dating apps for firearms aficionados, said Sarah Roberts, an assistant professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.At the same time, the app’s developers hope it will fill a long-existing void as a legitimate dating app focused exclusively on transgender users and trans-attracted people.