Bumble is taking a stance on body shaming with its female-first dating app. The company is updating its algorithm to pick up on offensive language based on someone’s looks. The app will ban people who use such language either in their profile or during private conversations.
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A human moderator will then assess if the comments are indeed offensive and warrant action; first time offenders will receive a warning and will be referred to resources to explain why the behaviour is harmful, and if they make offensive remarks again, they could be permanently banned from Bumble.
The app already has similar systems in place for racism, homophobia, and sexism.
Almost a quarter of women in the UK have been body-shamed on a social networking site or dating app, according to a Bumble survey.
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Bumble founder, Whitney Wolfe Herd is also supporting a call for President Joe Biden to implement a “Marshall Plan For Moms,” requesting temporary monthly relief for mothers who find themselves without a job due to the pandemic.
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