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Tinder Begins Testing Its First Video Feature, Tinder Loops
TECH CRUNCH - Apr 3 - Tinder will test Tinder Loops in Canada and Sweden to evaluate how users respond to Loops before making a decision to roll it out to other markets. Loops are shorter, almost GIF-like looping video format that will be two seconds long, and can be added to users' profiles alongside their photos. Tinder decided to test videos because it believes videos can show more of users' personalities.
Badoo's New Feature Matches Friends Of Friends
REFINERY 29 - Apr 5 - The new 'Friends of Friends' tool allows users to easily discover and scroll through their Facebook friends' Badoo profiles, as well as (crucially) their friends' Badoo profiles. If they match with a friend of a friend, they can then chat to or video call them directly. For some people, the idea of being easily discoverable to their Facebook connections on a dating app may be a step too far. The tool does, however, have the potential to make others feel more secure.
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Indian Dating App Woo Allows Female Users To Call Their Matches
BWDISRUPT - Apr 6 - Woo Phone, Woo's new feature enables women to call their matched profiles from within the app without revealing their phone numbers. The feature is available for free.
Why Ashley Madison Still Isn't Dead
MASHABLE - Apr 3 - Ashley Madison now claims 191k daily active users. The company is also armed with an audit from accounting firm Ernst & Young, which verified 5,673,024 real accounts were registered in 2017 and that the ratio of active paid users male to female was 1 to 1.13. "~60% of our traffic is organic," said Ruben Buell, president and CTO of Ashley Madison's parent company Ruby Life. The company hired a new chief privacy officer and chief security officer who have been in charge of building a new cybersecurity framework. The site is introducing two-factor authentication in the coming months. The company has made more of an effort to cater to women, such as through marketing campaigns glorifying female users rather than male. The company currently has 153 employees in their offices in Toronto and Cyprus and plans to reach 173 by the end of the year.
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Tinder Users Locked Out Following Facebook Restrictions Changes
MASHABLE - Apr 4 - On Wednesday, Tinder users were complaining that they were locked out of their accounts, blaming Facebook. Accessing Tinder requires logging in with a Facebook account. So, when changes are made to how third-party apps interact with Facebook - as Zuckerberg recently announced was about to happen - something went wrong with that integration. "Facebook Permissions," read the apparent error message. "Tinder requires you provide additional Facebook permissions in order to use a Tinder account. This information is used to create fuller profiles, verify authenticity and provide support." Following the prompts didn't resolve the issue, and users were quick to blame Facebook.
Grindr Changes Its Policy Of Sharing Users' HIV Status With Outside Vendors
LOS ANGELES TIMES - Apr 3 - Grindr will stop sharing users' HIV statuses with third parties after a report disclosed that the company passed the information on to two vendors. Grindr's vendors, Apptimize and Localytics, were fed user data that includes HIV statuses, GPS data, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
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Manchester City Signed A Multi-million Pound Contract With Tinder
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Apr 5 - Manchester City have signed a multi-million pound contract with Tinder after sponsorship talks between the dating app and Manchester United broke down. Tinder was interested in becoming United's sleeve sponsor last summer, but have opted for a general agreement with City instead.
Furry Dating Site Shuts Down Because Of FOSTA
MOTHERBOARD - Apr 2 - Pounced.org, a dating website for furries is the latest casualty of FOSTA, a controversial anti sex-trafficking bill that passed in the Senate last week. Now, when you visit Pounced, instead of personals ads, you're presented with a thorough explanation of why the site is down: "FOSTA attempts to make Internet sites such as pounced.org liable for the way users use the site in an effort to address sex trafficking and prostitution. FOSTA increases our liability significantly and chips away at one of the primary reasons we as a small organization can provide services to the community - the protection that had previously been offered to us by Section 230 of the Communications Decency act". Pounced goes on to explain that while it doesn't actually promote prostitution or sex trafficking, a part of FOSTA says that if the site does facilitate the prostitution of another person - even unknowingly - it's liable. Since it's a volunteer-run website, a lawsuit or charges for violating this law (which isn't a law yet, but will be once the president signs the bill) would be devastating.
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