Tinder has added a new feature, Traveler Alert, to the app that will hide the profile of LGBTQ users when they’re travelling to countries where homosexuality is illegal by law. According to the company, there are nearly 70 such countries globally.
A safety update will appear when a user opens the app while visiting a country that has repressive laws and discriminates against the LGBTQ community. The users will be given an option whether or not to hide their profile.
The alert reads: “Based on your geographical location, it appears you’re in a place where the LGBTQ community may be penalized. We want you to have fun, but your safety is our #1 priority. Please proceed with caution and take extra care when making new matches and meeting with people you do not know.”
Following the message, users are presented with an option to either hide their profile on Tinder in the geolocation or continue showing their profile.
Even if someone uses Tinder’s passport feature to connect with people in such a country, the alert will be shown.
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“We’re rolling out a Traveler Alert that will appear when Tinder is opened in one of these locations to ensure that our users are aware of the potential dangers the LGBTQ community faces — so that they can take extra caution and do not unknowingly place themselves in danger for simply being themselves,” Tinder stated.
If a user chooses to show their profile in a such an area to meet new people, their sexual orientation or gender identity will be shown if it has been added to their profile until they are in that country. Once the user leaves that country, their profile becomes active again and is visible in the app.
Tinder has collaborated with ILGA World to list out the countries where the alert will appear. Traveler Alert will be rolled out to Android and iOS in the coming days.
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