Bumble bans body-shaming to create a kinder service
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Feb 1, 2021
Bumble bans body-shaming to create a kinder service

Across dating apps it’s perhaps unsurprising that people feel more seen, however this also leaves people being exposed to unsolicited comments. Amid the whirlpool of unwelcome nudes and derogatory comments, Bumble is getting tough on body-shaming by blocking users who engage in it.

Bumble is bringing in an algorithm to help identify and flag any language or terms that can be considered fatphobic, ableist, racist, homophobic, and transphobic. Once flagged, moderators will track the account to see whether further action including being blocked is necessary. Accounts flagged for body-shaming language will first receive a warning, before being blocked if repeated incidents occur. “With these changes, we’re making it clear that body-shaming is not acceptable on Bumble. We always want to lead with education, and give our community a chance to learn to recognise this language and improve. However, we will not hesitate to permanently remove someone from the app,” says Naomi Walkland, head of Bumble UK and Ireland.