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Priyanka Chopra invests in dating app Bumble

BBC News

Indian actress Priyanka Chopra will invest in dating app Bumble as the service prepares to expand into her native country later this year. She will also act as an adviser to the app - which requires women to make the first move - for its Indian launch. Bumble's expansion comes as firms push to make women feel safe using dating apps in India. The actress becomes the latest in a string of celebrities to take a stake in a tech venture. Bumble said Chopra will become "partner, advisor, and investor" to the tech firm.


Snapchat lenses come to Bumble to give your virtual dates some romantic atmosphere

Mashable

A Venice gondola ride is a pretty bold move for a first date. It might be just what the love doctor ordered. At the Snap Partner Summit Thursday, Snap announced a new partnership with Bumble. The dating app is bringing the Snapchat camera to video calls and video messages, so users can access AR lenses directly in Bumble. "Whether it's a picnic in Paris or a gondola ride in Venice, we're offering the ability to create this sort of 360-degree background to almost imitate what it's like to be together in real life," Charley Webb, Bumble's chief customer officer, said while speaking with Mashable ahead of Thursday's announcement.


55 per cent of Bumble daters are now seeking long-term relationships

Daily Mail - Science & tech

More than half of online daters are seeking long-term relationships after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, according to a survey. Dating app Bumble, which is known for letting putting'women first', estimates that 52 per cent of its UK users will seek a steady partner post-social distancing. The survey results suggest 55 per cent of UK Bumble users are also seeking more meaningful relationships online after experiencing loneliness during lockdown. 'Pre-dating' video chats – a feature launched last year that lets users meet online before an in-person date – has also seen more than a 40 per cent rise in lockdown. This shift to video to meet people during lockdown has left a lasting imprint and is'here to stay', the app's developer has said.


Bumble bans body shaming including 'fat-phobic, colourist or transphobic' language

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Dating app Bumble has banned body shaming as part of updates to its terms and conditions that come into force today. The popular app, which is known for putting'women first', defines body shaming as'unsolicited and derogatory comments about someone's appearance, body shape, size or health'. This includes any language deemed'fat-phobic, racist, colourist, homophobic or transphobic', according to Bumble. A team of Bumble moderators will be looking out for any offenders who post body shaming content on either their profile or through the app's chat function. They will also be working to identify any type of negative language such as'discouraging particular people to interact with somebody's profile'.