Teens will no longer be allowed on Tinder
9 June 2016
The popular dating app Tinder has changed its position on under-18s.
Until now Tinder has allowed 13 to 17s join and communicate exclusively with each other, in a 'protected area' of the app. The app relies on users' Facebook details (which can, of course, be faked) for age verification. Tinder is rated 17+ in the App Store and 18 by Android, and its previous 13+ age policy has been criticised for putting young people at risk.
But from next week, Tinder will officially be an 18 and over service. The company's VP of Communications, Rosette Pambakian, said 'on a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences. Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users. We believe this is the best policy moving forward.'
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