Registered Sex Offenders Could Be Lurking On Tinder And Other Dating Apps

December 4, 2019
Registered sex offenders are on free dating apps like Tinder and PlentyofFish.

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If you're searching for love on Tinder, Match.com or several other free dating apps and online platforms, you may want to thoroughly screen your matches prior to a first date.

Match Group, the parent company of sites and apps like Tinder, PlentyofFish, OkCupid, Hinge, Match.com and more, has admitted to allowing registered sex offenders onto the platforms, according to an investigation by ProPublica.

Over a 16 month long dive sexual assaults connected to dating apps, journalists frorm ProPublica with Columbia Journalism Investigations and BuzzFeed found that over 150 incidents happened in a span of 10 years.

“Most incidents occurred in the past five years and during the app users’ first in-person meeting, in parking lots, apartments and dorm rooms" and  “Most victims, almost all women, met their male attackers through Tinder, OkCupid, PlentyofFish or Match,” according to ProPublica.

Match Group began conducting screenings for sex offenders for paid subscribers in 2011 following a lawsuit from a woman who reported being raped after going on date with a man she was matched with on a Match Group platform.

The process includes searching through registerd sex offender registries, however a Match Group spokesperson said that uniform screening cannot be implemented across all platforms "because it doesn’t collect enough information."

“A relatively small amount of the tens of millions of people using one of our dating services have fallen victim to criminal activity by predators," Match Group said in a statment.

Ten percent of the 150 incidents involved someone who had been accused or convicted of sexual assault at least once and not neccessarily registered offenders.

“We believe any incident of misconduct or criminal behavior is one too many,”  Match Group said in a statment. 

And through the screening the company has helped to prevent the problem and block users who have been accused of lewd behavior on Match.com, which is a subscribed platform.

As for the free platforms federal legislation has not yet been proposed or enacted to protect or screen those users.

 

 

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