#bumble | #tinder | #pof Dating app bans users from using filtered photos


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One of the biggest complaints about dating apps is that people don’t look like their pictures – that that photo from Spain you used was actually from 2014, and before you somehow grew a cute pair of dog ears.

It’s a comfort really, knowing that even if you’re having an extreme bad face day, you can run something through Snapchat and look clear-skinned and bright-eyed.

Plenty of Fish dating app wants to take that privilege away from us, saying they will ban heavily filtered images from their site.

They said they will vet and remove images which look unnatural, after a survey suggested 84% of singles want a more honest dating experience.

More than half (52%) of the 2,000 people who took part in the study indicated that they think photo filters should be banned on dating apps altogether.

‘Singles today are craving greater transparency in dating, with the large majority of singles wanting honest, straightforward information both from potential partners, as well as in their own self-presentation,” said Dr Cortney S. Warren, a clinical psychologist and author of the study.

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‘One of the most important findings in the study is that singles are not interested in seeing an idealised depiction of potential partners through edited photos and unrealistic positive self-descriptors.

‘The truth is, singles want more honest, authentic depictions of others and themselves on dating apps.

‘A more realistic portrayal of each individual will not only be refreshing, but also lead to more meaningful connections.’

Apps like Snapchat, Instagram and VSCO apply filters automatically to your face, and other apps such as FaceApp allow you to make changes yourself.

As part of the Match Group-owned effort, some 70 million existing images on the service will be re-examined and people notified of any images in violation of the new rule, a process it anticipates completing later this year.

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One in three singles also told researchers they decided not to message someone on a dating app because they felt the person’s photos were too heavily filtered, while 65% said they are more interested in seeing more information on someone’s dating profile than more photos.

Plenty of Fish has 150 million registered users worldwide and attracts four million active users every day.

Rival dating app Bumble announced in April that it would use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to securely detect most nude images being sent to others and hide them from view.




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