Tinder has launched a feature called Traveler Alert to keep its users safe in almost 70 countries that have discriminatory LGTBI laws. This function will be put into operation when users start the app in one of these countries. The alert will warn users about the risks and inconveniences that LGTBI people have in those territories.
The Traveler Alert function will reach the users of the platform in the coming days.
Users will also have the possibility to hide their profiles during the period in which they remain in the country. Tinder will also hide the gender identity and sexual orientation of users, even if the profile is public.
The tool will also be activated when people use the Tinder Passaport function to connect with users from other countries. Tinder consumers who use Tinder Passaport will see the alert if they have changed their location to one of the areas with discriminatory laws.
These territories have been determined after a work between the dating app company and the International Association of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans and Intersex (for its acronym in English, IGLA). The work carried out by both actors has determined that there are at least 70 countries in which the app operates where relations between LGTBI people are illegal. In addition, in some of these countries, according to Tinder, the police use the dating app to identify and persecute LGTBI people.
The decision comes after Tinder opened the platform door to other options for users when choosing their gender and sex. Users of the application can now choose between nine sexual options, such as heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, demisexual, pansexual, queer and “I’m not sure.” Users can also choose different options regarding sex. They can choose, in addition to man and woman, transsexual man and transsexual woman.