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Popular Dating Apps Under Investigation For Underage Usage and Sex Offenders
A House subcommittee is investigating popular dating services such as Tinder and Bumble for allegedly allowing minors and sex offenders to use their services. House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy. In separate letters Thursday to the companies, the subcommittee is seeking information on users’ ages, procedures for verifying ages, and any complaints about assaults, rape or the use of the services by minors.
By Keith Cousins , ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Launched by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill. The House subcommittee released the letters it sent to executives at Match Group , Bumble , Grindr and The Meet Group , which request that they provide a broad assortment of information about their users and policies by Feb. The button will send an alert, according to Match, which will trigger a dispatcher to check on the user and notify emergency personnel if necessary.
The technology, which Match said it will eventually add to its other apps, comes through a partnership with and investment in a company called Noonlight. This article was originally published in ProPublica. It has been republished under the Creative Commons license. Subscribe Events About.
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For millions of users, online dating services like Tinder and Grindr offer and how they fight to keep registered sex offenders off of their sites.
Match Group, which owns most major online-dating services, screens for sexual predators on Match, its flagship dating site — but not on OkCupid, Tinder or PlentyofFish. The company has lobbied against laws to protect users while deflecting lawsuits using a statute meant to protect users’ speech. In partnership with ProPublica, Columbia Journalism Investigations —a team of investigative journalists including faculty and postgraduate fellows—analyzed more than incidents of sexual assault involving dating apps, culled from a decade of news reports, civil lawsuits and criminal records.
Politics, Elizabeth Naismith Picciani, ’19 M. It’s Not the Only One. Match Group is the industry leader, owning the most popular dating apps. But in order to verify and quantify this problem rather than utilize anecdotes, we first saw that there were a few lawsuits against Match Group from women whose attacker was a known sexual predator. From these cases, we noticed that the majority were on a Match Group app. We worked with experts including Columbia University statisticians and public health professors to create an exploratory questionnaire of women who used dating apps.
The core of the reporting took place over 16 months. Throughout the process, our team of CJI fellows worked closely with our editor, Kristen Lombardi, to split up the workload. We collaborated as a team and had crossover throughout, but each of us tended to have targeted reporting responsibilities. For example, Keith took the lead on the regulatory landscape and True.
Popular dating apps, websites face US inquiry over underage use, sex offenders
Category: Sex Crimes. More than 49 million in the U. The FBI warns that sexual predators, scam artists, and gigolos stalk online dating service looking for potential victims. After weeks, even months, of fake romantic interest, they present their scam.
Some popular dating apps are under investigation by Congress for and OkCupid — screen for registered sex offenders in paid versions of the The dating apps under investigation have safety tips on their websites that.
After crossing a road a whitetail buck in velvet heads into a woods in Silverwood Park. House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy. In separate letters Thursday to the companies, the subcommittee is seeking information on users’ ages, procedures for verifying ages, and any complaints about assaults, rape or the use of the services by minors.
It is also asking for the services’ privacy policies and details on what users see when they review and agree to the policies. It also seeks information on what data is collected on people, including sexual orientation, drug use and political views. Although the minimum age for using internet services is typically 13 in the U. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Illinois Democrat who heads the subcommittee, said in a statement. Match Group said it uses “every tool possible” to keep minors and bad actors off its services and continues to invest in technology to keep users safe.
In an emailed statement, the company said the problem was broader and requires other parties, including app stores that know who their users are, “to do their part as well.
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House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy. In separate letters Thursday to the companies, the subcommittee is seeking information on users’ ages, procedures for verifying ages, and any complaints about assaults, rape or the use of the services by minors. It is also asking for the services’ privacy policies and details on what users see when they review and agree to the policies. Although the minimum age for using internet services is typically 13 in the U.
Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Illinois Democrat who heads the subcommittee, said in a statement. Match added that the national sex offender registry needs to be updated so that perpetrators’ digital footprints can be tracked and blocked by social media and dating services. Grindr and The Meet Group did not immediately respond to messages for comment on Thursday. Bumble did not have an immediate comment. Besides safety issues, the investigation also seeks to address concerns about data the services request to make matches.
Dating Apps Can Be Dangerous. Congress Is Investigating.
Three online dating giants agreed to screen for sex offenders and take other safety steps after a woman was assaulted on a date, the California attorney general’s office announced Tuesday. Harris said in a statement. Among other things, the companies agreed Monday to check subscribers against national sex registries, supply members with online safety tips, and provide a quick way to report abuses.
Some of the companies already are using some of those practices.
House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy. It also seeks information on what data is collected on people, including sexual orientation, drug use and political views. Although the minimum age for using internet services is typically 13 in the U. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Illinois Democrat who heads the subcommittee, said in a statement.
Grindr and The Meet Group did not respond to messages for comment on Thursday. Bumble had no immediate comment. Besides safety issues, the investigation also seeks to address concerns about data the services request to make matches. Such information may include sexual orientation, gender identity, political views, and drug, alcohol and tobacco use. The subcommittee cited a report by a Norwegian consumer group this month that found that dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws.
The company said it considers the practice in line with all European and U.
Nobody knows how dangerous online dating really is—and dating sites won’t talk about it
The report, co-published through ProPublica and Buzzfeed News, finds that while Match screens for sex offenders on its site, other free applications that Match Group owns does not. Match agreed to start screening for registered sex offenders in after a high-profile entertainment executive sued the company after the service connected her with a six-time convicted rapist. According to the article, she told police the man raped her on their second date. Should online dating services be more aggressive in seeking out registered sex offenders?
And on the flip side, should online dating sites deny registered sex offenders the right to use online dating apps, considering the wide swath of circumstances and varying degrees of offenses? Today on AirTalk, we discuss the issue.
House Democrats on Thursday revealed they are investigating reports of registered sex offenders across a slew of popular dating apps owned by Match Group, including Tinder, Plenty of Fish, and OkCupid, and are questioning whether Match Group is taking appropriate steps to protect users from sexual violence. Debbie Dingell, one of the cosigners, told Gizmodo.
Justice Department, needs to be updated to allow the online dating industry to better track the digital footprints of perpetrators. To wit, while subscribers of paid versions of Match apps are checked against state sex offender lists, free platforms such as Tinder, OkCupid, and Plenty of Fish, include no such vetting. CJI said it analyzed more than incidents of sexual assault involving dating apps reaped from a variety of sources, including criminal records and news reports. More importantly, CJI also found that there were no paid subscribers to Match.
To the analysts, this suggested that safeguards such as cross-referencing with sex offender databases are protecting users. Nevertheless, according to ProPublica, Match Group refused multiple requests by reporters to interview company executives and other key employees about its supposed efforts to deter sexual assault. Rush, Anna G. Eshoo, Eliot L. Peters, Debbie Dingell, Robin L.