Tinder, the popular swipe happy location based dating app has a new restriction as reported by TechCrunch. According to the publication, starting next week, anyone under the age of 18 will be discontinued from using the service. Here is the official statement from the company as posted by the publication:
On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences. Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users. We believe this is the best policy moving forward. This change will take effect next week.
As you know, Tinder required you to sign up for the service using a Facebook account and allowed anyone over 13 years of age to use the app. “We’ve been reviewing this policy since early this year and believe it’s the right thing to do,” Tinder VP of Communication told the publication. “A number of factors go into making a decision like this, but we’re confident we landed on the right policy.”
You may think this decision will have a detrimental effect on Tinder’s active user base but apparently according to the company, this only impacts “less than 3% of the global user base.”
This was a decision made to make the app safe for its users and it makes sense to put age restrictions to the app. What remains is how people will react to the new changes to the 4 year old platform and if other social networks of its nature will follow suit.