Tinder had previously suspended or banned users who were using the app to fundraise for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Buzzfeed News is reporting that Tinder will stop banning users who have been using their profiles to help fundraise for and raise awareness about Black Lives Matter and bail funds.
Numerous Tinder users had approached Buzzfeed to share that they’d been suspended and/or banned from the app after encourage those they matched with to show up at protests, make donations to relevant charities and funds, and sign petitions.
On 31 May, Tinder tweeted that it had donated an unspecified amount to the Black Lives Matter movement, which many pointed out as a hypocrisy after its move to ban those using the app to do the same.
— Tinder (@Tinder) May 31, 2020
Upon being contacted by Buzzfeed, a spokesperson for the app said:
“From time to time, our members use Tinder to engage with topics they care about. And while our community guidelines state that we may remove accounts used for promotional purposes, we are dedicated to enforcing our guidelines in line with our values. We have voiced our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and want our platform to be a place where our members can do the same.”
Tinder is currently working to address its account moderation issues and is asking those who think they have been wrongfully banned or suspended to contact its help centre via firstname.lastname@example.org.