Tinder will protect LGBTQ+ users better if they travel to countries where different attitudes are still illegal.
“It is important that we keep in mind that there are still 70 countries where differentiation is punishable,” says Tinder in a press release. That is why the dating app developed a Traveler Alert that will appear in the app when it is opened in one of those 70 countries. In this way, Tinder wants to make it’s LGBTQ + users alert to the dangers that they face there due to their orientation.
Those who have indicated themselves as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer on the dating app will no longer be automatically displayed on the app once they are in a country where non-heterosexual relationships are punished.
The localization works via the network connection. Once in the country, you will have the choice to hide your profile. Anyone who explicitly chooses not to do so will still be shown without sexual preference or gender. The company wants to prevent police services from using that information to arrest or punish someone.
For the list of countries, Tinder works together with ILGA World, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. It concerns almost seventy countries. In Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, for example, there is even the death penalty for sexual acts with someone of the same sex.
Who afterward returns to a country where the rights for LGBTQ + are better, will be shown as usual on the dating app. The feature will be rolled out worldwide on Android and iOS in the coming days.