Tinder is removing social handles from bios

Tinder is removing social handles from bios

Tinder says its purpose is to meet personal connections, not business ones.

A photo illustration of the dating app Tinder on iPhone screen

Tinder will now remove social handles from bios as part of an update to its Community Guidelines.
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Tinder recently updated its Community Guidelines(opens in a new tab), and with it comes changes to “reinforce authenticity, respect, and inclusivity,” according to the app’s announcement.

“The majority of Tinder’s members are 18-25, and Tinder is often their first dating experience,” explained SVP of member strategy at Tinder, Ehren Schlue, in the press release. “To guide these younger daters as they start their dating journey, Tinder is using this policy refresh to remind and educate members about healthy dating habits — both online and in real life.”

In terms of authenticity, Tinder calls on users to be themselves (aka avoid catfishing), be honest — like not making false reports — and to be there for personal connections, not business ones. Tinder asserts that people shouldn’t be there to make money, and will now remove social handles from bios to combat this.

As Engadget points out, however, Tinder doesn’t explain(opens in a new tab) how exactly it’ll remove social handles from bios. Mashable has reached out to Tinder for comment.

Other changes to the Community Guidelines include keeping chats private — which also may be hard to enforce, considering how many people post screenshots of Tinder conversations to social media. Also, for polyamorous couples, Tinder calls on each person to have their own account. Tinder’s new Relationship Types let people indicate if they’re non-monogamous, so there’s no more need for joint accounts.

Beyond these, the Community Guidelines updates ask people to be respectful and kind, whether it’s about someone’s boundaries or who they are. Check out Tinder’s updated Community Guidelines here(opens in a new tab).

Anna Iovine is the sex and relationships reporter at Mashable, where she covers topics ranging from dating apps to pelvic pain. Previously, she was a social editor at VICE and freelanced for publications such as Slate and the Columbia Journalism Review. Follow her on Twitter @annaroseiovine(opens in a new tab).

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