While dating app Tinder has changed the game and made it much easier to find people to go on dates with, one unintended harmful effect that has also increased is the amount of online abuse that is sent through the app’s messaging platform.
Often those who feel rejected or jilted will take out their frustration in an unhealthy way, and many Tinder users end up on the receiving end of this verbal abuse. Now the app is trying to tackle this issue with an automated solution.
The app will now detect potential abusive messages and will prompt the writer with a the question of: “are you sure?” before the message is sent out. Tinder has shared that in trials, this system has reduced inappropriate language and abusive messages by about 10%.
Social media platforms Twitter and Instagram have already tested out these types of systems in order to try to detect and reduce abusive content being sent out. Whenever the system detects bullying or harassment in comments, Instagram asks users “are you sure you want to post this?”
Tinder also has a feature that detects abusive phrases and will ask the person receiving the message “does this bother you?” Now, its new feature will prompt the writer of the abusive message in hopes of stopping them for a second to reconsider their words. Tinder shared that members who saw the warning were “less likely to be reported for inappropriate messages over the next month.”
While it seems like it is a gargantuan and perhaps impossible task to reduce bullying and abuse on the Internet, any step taken in order to fight these harmful comments is a step in the right direction.
While it is well known that social media is rife with abuse, not everyone realizes just how hateful of a place a dating app can be. Often people will post horrific encounters they’ve experienced while on a dating site, and a lot of it is truly despicable.
While Tinder’s trials showed that there was a reduction in 10% of these messages, that means that 90% are still going through. This is a good start, but there is still plenty of work to be done in this arena.