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Tinder users still getting banned after showing support for Black Lives Matter

Mashable

A Tinder user in Utah, Jade Goulart, decided recently to use her account to support Black Lives Matter. She added a petition for justice for Breonna Taylor to her bio and wrote, "Instant response if you sign this petition." Goulart said she also added something like, "You mean to tell me you aren't out protesting for human rights? "I felt like something was weird about that," Goulart told Mashable over Twitter DM. "So I looked it up and saw that Tinder had come out and said that they originally were banning accounts for promoting BLM because it was against the'promotional purposes' part of their terms." She read BBC's coverage from early June, in which Tinder explained users were banned for fundraising for Black Lives Matter and related causes because such promotion was against its Community Guidelines. The dating app quickly walked that back, days after people began posting about it on social media, saying it wouldn't ban users for such activity anymore. "We have voiced our support ...


Tinder will stop banning accounts mentioning Black Lives Matter

Engadget

Dozens of Tinder users were banned from the online dating app after mentioning Black Lives Matter in their profiles, according to Buzzfeed News. Some had added Black Lives Matter hashtags to their profiles, while others encouraged matches to sign petitions or donate to causes. According to BBC, Tinder's guidelines state that accounts can't be used for "promotional purposes," so the company may have been enforcing this rule when banning the accounts. However, it has reversed course, telling Buzzfeed News that it will act upon those terms "in line with our values." A spokesperson said that Tinder has "voiced our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and want our platform to be a place where our members can do the same."


Dating app Grindr removes 'ethnicity filter' allowing users to search for potential partners by race

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Dating app Grindr has said it will remove its'ethnicity filter' that allows users to search potential matches by race. Singletons prepared to pay £12.99-a-month for the'premium' service are currently able to sort users based on their ethnicity, weight, height, and other characteristics. But less than 24 hours after its tweet supporting'Black Lives Matter' received widespread condemnation over the filter, the company has said it will delete it. Protests have rocked the US for six days following the death of George Floyd, who was filmed gasping'I can't breathe' as an officer knelt on his neck in Logan County, West Virginia. Writing on Twitter, the app said: 'As part of our commitment to (Black Lives Matter), we have decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release.


Study: Tinder, Grindr And Other Apps Share Sensitive Personal Data With Advertisers

NPR Technology

Dating apps, including Tinder, give sensitive information about users to marketing companies, according to a Norwegian study released Tuesday. Dating apps, including Tinder, give sensitive information about users to marketing companies, according to a Norwegian study released Tuesday. A group of civil rights and consumer groups is urging federal and state regulators to examine a number of mobile apps, including popular dating apps Grindr, Tinder and OKCupid for allegedly sharing personal information with advertising companies. The push by the privacy rights coalition follows a report published on Tuesday by the Norwegian Consumer Council found that 10 apps collect sensitive information including a user's exact location, sexual orientation, religious and political beliefs, drug use and other information and then transmits the personal data to at least 135 different third-party companies. The data harvesting, according to the Norwegian government agency, appears to violate the European Union's rules intended to protect people's online data, known as the General Data Protection Regulation.


The 2018 Survey: AI and the Future of Humans

#artificialintelligence

"Please think forward to the year 2030. Analysts expect that people will become even more dependent on networked artificial intelligence (AI) in complex digital systems. Some say we will continue on the historic arc of augmenting our lives with mostly positive results as we widely implement these networked tools. Some say our increasing dependence on these AI and related systems is likely to lead to widespread difficulties. Our question: By 2030, do you think it is most likely that advancing AI and related technology systems will enhance human capacities and empower them? That is, most of the time, will most people be better off than they are today? Or is it most likely that advancing AI and related technology systems will lessen human autonomy and agency to such an extent that most people will not be better off than the way things are today? Please explain why you chose the answer you did and sketch out a vision of how the human-machine/AI collaboration will function in 2030.


Why is OK for online daters to block whole ethnic groups?

The Guardian

Sinakhone Keodara reached his breaking point last July. Loading up Grindr, the gay dating app that presents users with potential mates in close geographical proximity to them, the founder of a Los Angeles-based Asian television streaming service came across the profile of an elderly white man. He struck up a conversation, and received a three-word response: "Asian, ew gross." He is now considering suing Grindr for racial discrimination. For black and ethnic minority singletons, dipping a toe into the water of dating apps can involve subjecting yourself to racist abuse and crass intolerance.


Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act: Tech Firms Push To Modify Senate Bill

International Business Times

A number of major internet companies are making a final push to urge lawmakers to modify a proposed bill that would allow victims of human trafficking to sue websites that facilitate the crime, Axios reported. At issue for the companies is the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), a bill that would increase the amount of accountability on online platforms for content created and posted by its users--including opening the companies up to lawsuits from victims of crimes that are aided by the online services. A number of tech firms are working to stop a bill designed to fight human trafficking. A letter from tech advocacy and lobbying group Engine was sent to members of the United States Senate Wednesday in an effort to convince lawmakers to reconsider their position before voting on the bill. Signatories of the letter include popular social network platforms including Reddit, Twitter and Pinterest.


Dating Apps OkCupid And Tinder Are Kicking Neo-Nazis Offline

International Business Times

Silicon Valley is taking steps to make sure mobile apps don't accidentally set users up on dates with Nazis. Racism and hate are not welcome on Tinder. Choose love, respect, and inclusion. In the wake of white supremacists rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, companies like OkCupid are weeding out users who participate in hate groups. "If any OkCupid members come across people involved in hate groups, please report it immediately," the company tweeted.