Tinder says 'there are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products'
- Tinder, OkCupid, PlentyofFish, and other free dating apps owned by Match Group do not screen whether users are registered sex offenders.
- That lack of screening has allowed sex offenders to frequent the apps, according to a new investigation by ProPublica and the Columbia Journalism Institute.
- While Match Group screens sex offenders on its paid service, Match.com, it doesn't take that step on its free apps.
- A Match Group spokesperson told ProPublica that "there are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products."
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Highly popular free dating apps owned by Match Group - including Tinder, OkCupid, and PlentyofFish - do not have clear policies or screening practices to prevent registered sex offenders from signing up.As a result of that lack of policy, people are matching with regular sex offenders on those apps and, in some cases, have faced attempted sexual assault, according to a new investigation by ProPublica and the Columbia Journalism Review. Apple could sell three million AirPods, 3 million
While Match Group carries out background checks for its paid services, like Match.com, it doesn't do so for its free apps. A Match Group spokesperson told ProPublica that "there are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products." A Match Group spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.Based in Dallas, Match Group owns 45 online dating brands and reported $1.7 billion in revenue in 2018. Tinder, its largest app, surpassed Netflix earlier this year as the top-grossing non-game app, according to TechCrunch.
The ProPublica/CJI report identified several registered sex offenders who were able to continue using Match Group dating apps after being convicted.One Colorado man, Michael Miller, was convicted in 2015 of raping a woman he met through OkCupid. He later created a new OkCupid account and was allowed to keep using the platform for months, according to ProPublica and Columbia Journalism Review's investigation. A Pennsylvania man, Seth Mull, had a 17-year history of sex offenses before he started using PlentyofFish in 2017 - that year, the dating site matched him with a woman who later accused him of rape, according to the investigation.Read the full ProPublica/CJI report here.
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