In its latest update, Tinder announced it would be closing its online singles chatrooms to help it improve its “messaging experience”.
The company had previously announced that it was closing the dating app in October 2018, after its users started receiving a flood of unwanted messages from people they’d never met before.
The announcement came after the Tinder app had been accused of “sexual harassment” in a recent survey by the US National Association of Broadcasters.
Tinder is the first dating app to shut down its online dating feature since its launch in late 2017, with its social media team working to address the problem.
“We’re sorry to announce that we will be shutting down our online singles dating chatroom in the coming days,” Tinder said in a statement.
“The chat room has been a wonderful tool for millions of users and we’re working to improve our messaging experience.”
The company also said that it would start to close its private dating app as part of the “transition phase”.
The move comes as Tinder users have begun to report increased sexual harassment and abuse in its dating app.
Earlier this year, the company said it was also working to “translate” messages and prevent them from being “misused”.
The US National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has also warned that Tinder is not doing enough to address harassment in its app, and that the company is failing to tackle a “culture of misogyny” within its community.
It said that Tinder was “lacking a clear and robust policy on harassment”, and “trying to appease misogynists” by not enforcing policies against harassment, as other dating apps do.
Tillman, who is also a social media consultant, said that the “problem of online harassment is one that exists across industries” and said that dating app companies needed to do more to “fix the problem”.
“The problem is not limited to Tinder.
The problem of harassment in dating apps is far broader than Tinder,” she told the BBC.”
Companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Google do nothing about the abuse that exists on their platforms.”
Tinder users were also unhappy with the company’s decision to not “fix” its online chatroom, saying that the app was “not perfect” and “not user-friendly”.
In 2018, Tinder users reported that messages from their “friends and matches” had been “re-sent” after they had “failed to respond”.
The app’s social media department said that “the issue has been addressed”, but it added that “our community continues to report significant problems”.