Tinder launched a new feature that is going to out users to their friends. Ok, so it’s only in Australia for now, but we’re betting it’ll hit the Northern Hemisphere soon, and it’s going to have serious implications for online daters.
It’s called Tinder Social and it’s meant to facilitate group meet-ups between friends. Sounds fun and friendly, right? Sure, only it has a pretty bummer side effect: because Tinder requires Facebook verification (which has basically become accepted as a Passport pretty much everywhere except at the border), it will suggest “friends” from within your network, thus instantly exposing you for the swiping fiend you are.
At this point, users of the app have to manually go into their accounts to opt out. In other words, users are automatically part of Tinder Social. Which is totally fine, if you’re single and using Tinder to broaden the dating pool. But for Tinder users who are in relationships and “just haven’t gotten around to deleting it yet, hun,” or worse, are straight up using the app to cheat on their partner, wellll, it’s maybe not so fine. All of a sudden, everyone gets to know if anyone they know is on Tinder, and if we know people (and we like to think we do), that is not going to sit well with many. It’s not nearly as shady as, say, the Ashley Madison scandal. But it’s still shady.
We’re starting to get a little nervous about our online dating habits. Why, just last month there was Swipe Buster, a pay-to-use app that tracks and reveals just how many minutes or days it’s been since each Tinder user has logged onto the social dating app. Um, a little privacy here! If the app’s a rockin’ don’t come knockin!
So far Tinder is remaining neutral on this latest news, and posted an update claiming they’re just testing the feature, you guys.
Still, we’d advise taking this Australian news as fair warning and doing what you can to cover your butt. That is, if you have anything to cover.