With a new feature, Tinder says it wants to make the swiping experience safer for its LGBTQ users traveling and living in certain countries.
On Wednesday, the dating app introduced a new safety update dubbed “Traveler Alert” that will warn users who have identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer when they enter a country that could criminalize them for being out.
The app plans to use the locations from users’ devices to determine if there is a threat to the user’s safety, where users can opt to have their profile hidden during their stay or make their profile public again. The caveat being that if a user decides to have their profile public, their sexual preference or gender identity will no longer be disclosed on the app until they return to a location where the user is deemed safer to disclose their identity.
In the statement, Tinder says they developed the feature so that users “can take extra caution and do not unknowingly place themselves in danger for simply being themselves.”