Tinder is planning an update for this week that warns its LGBTQ users when they travel in a country where their dating preferences could put them at legal risk. This feature becomes & # 39; Traveler Alert & # 39; and automatically hides user profiles when traveling abroad in countries where homosexual relationships are illegal. Users can then choose whether they want to remain hidden. If they decide to have a public profile, their sexual orientation or gender identity will be provisionally removed to protect them from law enforcement or individuals who may be targeting them. The warning is only displayed if there are people in the ground in these countries or if they use Tinder Passport to wipe it.
The Tinder team worked with the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association to identify the 69 countries where same-sex relationships are illegal. Punishment for same-sex acts and relationships varies from place to place, but in nine countries, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, prosecutors can apply for the death penalty for same-sex acts and relationships.
Other dating apps, including the Scruff gay dating app, also warn users of potential consequences of LGBTQ dating in certain countries. Of course, Tinder counts millions of people around the world as users, and it has recently focused primarily on seeking more users abroad. As the reach increases, the company must keep users safe and aware of what could happen if they keep their profiles public.