According to a statement by Tinder, “Thirty-eight percent of girls and women report being bullied online, compared to 26 percent men and boys. Twenty-six percent of women aged 18-24 reported being stalked and 25 percent reported being a target of online harassment.” Dating apps are working toward creating a safe space for daters and curb cybercrime like stalking, bullying, and harassment.
To fight digital abuse, dating site Bumble has tied up with Red Dot Foundation, a body that fights sexual violence. “As a geographic-specific feature for the Bumble community in India, a woman can choose to use only the first initial of her name to create her Bumble Date profile and can share her full name with connections when she feels ready and comfortable. The block and report feature within the app, and has made it easy for its community to block and report anyone who makes them uncomfortable on our app, or anyone whose behaviour goes against our community guidelines. The photo verification feature helps prevent catfishing within the app. The AI, Private Detector is able to capture, blur and alert users that they’ve been sent an unsolicited nude image making it the user’s choice to either delete, view, or report the image,” Priti Joshi, VP of Global, strategy & operations at Bumble.
According to a nationwide survey done by Bumble, 83 percent of women say they face online harassment of some kind, including stalking , one in three women experience it weekly, 70 percent of women believe that cyberbullying increased since lockdown, 59 percent of women said they feel unsafe and 48 percent feel angry.
To prevent, monitor, and remove inappropriate behaviour from their platform, app, Tinder uses tools like automatic scans of profiles for red-flag language and images; manual reviews of suspicious profiles, activity, and user-generated reports; shadow-banning suspicious accounts; as well as blocking of email addresses, phone numbers, IP addresses and other identifiers associated with bullying and harassment. With ‘Say I Loud’, a talk-to-type feature activates after a Tinder user is flagged for bullying, where he or she must now speak the words into the phone, forcing them to take ownership over their hurtful language, the platform monitors and ensures the safety of its users.
“Through Bumble’s Stands for Safety initiative, we hope to equip and empower women in India with crucial information to understand and recognise, prevent and fight digital abuse. We are happy to collaborate with Safecity who has been doing incredible work on creating safer spaces for women worldwide. We will continue to demonstrate our commitment to creating safer, healthy relationships on our platform and in our communities.” commented Priti.