Tinder Will Now Warn Users to Conceal Their Sexual Orientation in Countries with Anti-LGBT Laws

Tinder’s latest innovation is to keep LGBT users safe across the world.

The popular dating app has launched a brand new safety feature for LGBT users travelling the world called the Traveller Alert, which informs users of any possible dangers in countries with homophobic and transphobic legislations.

Tinder made the announcement on its homepage.

“We recognize and believe in the importance of being inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations, but the reality is this: nowhere in the world is without potential risk, and some countries have specific laws that target LGBTQ+ people. Check out the laws around you when you travel to a new place and research what types of legal protection, if any, are available to you based on sexual orientation. In the event that you’re in unsafe territory, we suggest toggling off “Show me on Tinder” which you can find under the settings page.”

“If you have added a sexual orientation to your profile and choose to be shown on Tinder, we will hide your sexual orientation from your profile until you leave that area,” the app added. “It’s important to exercise extra caution if you choose to connect with new people in these countries – as some law enforcement have been known to use dating apps as tools for potential entrapment. Some countries have also recently introduced laws that criminalize communications between individuals on same-sex dating applications or websites and even aggravate penalties if that communication leads to sexual encounters.”

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