Tinder Is Rolling out a New Safety Feature to Keep LGBTQ Users Safe in Countries Where They're at Risk

By Shabana Arif on at

The new Traveller Alert feature will appear when users open the app in one of the 70 countries worldwide whose laws criminalise homosexuality.

As well as letting users know the potential dangers in these areas, the update will automatically hide those who identify as LGBTQ so they're automatically flying under the radar. You can choose to stay hidden, or make your profile public again if you prefer.

If you do opt to switch back to a public profile, sexual orientation and gender identity will remain absent from your profile "to safeguard users from law enforcement agencies and individuals who may target them."

The feature extends to Tinder's Passport feature as well, which lets users connect with people anywhere in the world.

“We fundamentally believe that everyone should be able to love who they want to love - and we strive to reflect this in everything we do at Tinder," said Elie Seidman, CEO of Tinder. "It is unthinkable that, in 2019, there are still countries with legislation in place that deprives people of this basic right.”

“We serve all communities - no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation - and we are proud to offer features that help keep them safe. This alert is an example of the many steps that we are taking to protect our users around the world.”

Tinder teamed up with ILGA World to identify the locations where the app should be activated, which is where users will be directed to review the LGBTQ laws in that country.

"We support Tinder’s dedication to improving security features for their users. We work hard to change practices, laws and attitudes that put LGBTQ people at risk," said André du Plessis, executive director at ILGA World.

You can stay safe on Tinder by following the safety guidelines laid out on its safety page.

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