Match app offers free dating coaches to help send messages, get over breakups, and find love

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Match is becoming the first major dating app to provide its premium users with personally-tailored advice through a free human coach. The company announced today that it is beginning to roll out a new service called AskMatch which allows its paid users to chat on the phone with one of the company's dating hired'experts.' According to a report from TechCrunch, Match members can pick their coach's brains on a variety of topics that include how to set up a good dating profile, getting over a break up, or more general advice on dating. In multiple phone interviews, Match CEO, Hesam Hosseini said that the service will help to push the online dating platform, which has been in existence since 1995, into the future. 'Match's mission has always been around relationships and bringing people together.

Apple and Google pull dating apps after they allowed CHILDREN as young as 12 to create profiles

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Following warnings from the FTC, both Apple and Google have removed several dating apps from their platforms that they say allowed children to join. According to a letter sent by the FTC to Ukraine-based Wildec LLC, which owns FastMeet, Meet24 and Meet4U, the trio of dating apps allowed children as young as 12 to participate in the service and communicate with adults. In an FTC investigation of the app, the organization says they were also able to identify and confirm multiple children within the service using a built-in age filter that allows users to search by age. A trio of dating apps was removed by Google and Apple for allowing children under 13-years-old to participate. The FTC says the apps have already been used by sexual predators.

Will Facebook's Secret Crush end the unbearable pain of unrequited love?

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Mark Zuckerberg seems to have landed on a solution to turn around his untrustworthy and "not quite human" public image: playing Cupid. Harking back to its humble beginnings as a tool for ranking strangers' attractiveness, Facebook has announced a new feature called Secret Crush, wherein users select the friends for whom they carry a torch. If your crush adds you to their list โ€“ and with up to nine picks allowed, your odds aren't bad โ€“ Facebook will reveal you to each other and love will assuredly bloom. But if the feeling is not reciprocated, they need never know your identity โ€“ just that one of their friends has added them as "a secret crush". It is, for sure, a more welcome notification than "It is [former colleague]'s birthday today.

How to spy on Google and Facebook's spying

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An online tool allows users to see exactly what kind of detail Facebook, Google, and Instagram are keeping about the digital online activities of users. Popular dating site Tinder, for example, knows the time, date and number of exchanges you have online. The findings show that apps can even ignore'Do not track' requests from mobile devices, and these include Netflix and online dating apps Hinge and Happn. A new site allows users to see exactly what kind of detail social media sites like Facebook, Google, and Instagram keep about your online activity. Facebook can tell if its emails to user's email accounts have been opened, and a wealth of information about the status of the device and signal being used to access the app.

Bumble will use AI to detect unwanted nudes


Artificial intelligence will soon weed out any NSFW photos a match sends to you on Bumble. The dating app that requires women to make the first contact said it is launching a "private detector" to warn users about lewd images. Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd and Andrey Andreev, CEO of the dating app parent company that includes Bumble, Badoo, Chappy and Lumen, made the announcement Wednesday in a press release. Beginning in June, all images sent on Bumble and the other apps will be screened by the AI-assisted "private detector." If a photo is suspected to be lewd or inappropriate, users will have the option to view, block or report the image to moderators before they open it.

Snapchat Stories are coming to Tinder


Tinder ditched its Moments feature in 2015, but that doesn't mean the popular dating app is done with giving users access to ephemeral (aka disappearing) content. Later this year, those of you on Tinder can start posting Snapchat Stories directly to your dating profile, Snap announced today at its Partner Summit in Los Angeles. Thanks to Snap Kit, which lets third-party apps use Snapchat's augmented reality camera, you'll be able to use send Snaps to a new "My Tinder Story" option right inside the app. That means you'll have to use Snapchat if you want to use this feature, as the Tinder app will only be used for viewing, rather than publishing, your Snaps. Aside from Tinder, Snap is also bringing its new App Stories to House Party and Adventure Aide, two social apps that hope to use Stories to help their users better connect with one another.

Snapchat Stories will soon be available on Tinder, Houseparty, other apps


More than two years after Facebook started copying Snapchat's Stories feature, Snap has a new plan to get its Stories in more places. The company is bringing its Stories to third-party apps like Tinder and Houseparty as it deepens its relationship with outside developers. Snap announced the move at its Partner Summit in Los Angeles Thursday. The update, which comes with the expansion of Snap's developer platform, allows app makers to place Snapchat Stories inside their own apps with a new API called App Stories. With Tinder, one of the first apps to get the feature, this means you can send snaps directly from Snapchat to the dating app, where prospective matches can check out your story.

Tinder says it's introducing height verification. If only.


According to Tinder, most guys who state 5'10" as their height on Tinder profiles are actually 5'6". This is just plain unfair to dudes who are actually 5'10" tall, and Tinder is determined to put a stop to it. The company has launched a new feature called the Height Verification Badge (HVB), essentially requiring all users to state their actual height (AH) instead of dream height (DH) on profiles. SEE ALSO: Don't Make These Tinder Mistakes The verification process is simple: All users will have to upload a screenshot of them standing next to any commercial building. Tinder will then verify it (it's a little known fact that Tinder keeps a database with exact heights of all buildings in existence), and make sure it matches your input height.

Tinder finally ditches controversial scoring system it used to create matches based on desirability

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Tinder will no longer rely on a controversial method of sorting users based on an internal'desirability' score, according to a recent announcement from the company. Instead, the popular dating app's new algorithm will prioritize its patrons based on one overarching factor: volume of usage. The hidden ranking system that Tinder previously relied on assigned scores to users based on how many people have liked their profile. Tinder will no longer rely on a controversial method of sorting users based on an internal'desirability' score, according to a recent announcement from the company. According to the company, Tinder has matched 30 billion users around the world.

Psychiatrist warns 'gamification' of dating apps is harming our chances of finding love

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The'gamification' of dating apps is damaging singleton's chances of spotting the right match for them, a psychiatrist has warned. Swiping through endless faces on apps like Tinder and Bumble, known as'infinite swipe', The practice has become so addictive that more than one in 10 users swipe for over 14 hours a week, a survey backing up the claims has revealed. Research has found that nearly 30 per cent of dating app users are spending over seven hours per week trying to find a match, and 14 per cent swipe for over 14 hours, encouraged by a phenomena known as'infinite swipe' that sees users swiping through endless faces on the app The rise of dating apps has given rise to a new user phenomenon: the'infinite swipe. Just as other tech platforms such as Facebook and Google have adopted the persuasive design feature of infinite scroll, to engage the user in habit forming experiences, dating apps have leveraged the power of the'infinite swipe'. Users are'nudged" to process the face of a potential match in less than a second, with little or no context on the person's personality.