Dating apps: swiping right should be made safer

Right now, 7 in 10 people who use dating apps have reported being subjected to online sexual violence and abuse on the platforms. With over 3 million users in Australia dating apps present threats to women’s safety and wellbeing both online and in-person.

There are significant issues with the safety of these platforms:

  • Around half of survivors who experienced in-person sexual violence saying they were unable to report their abuser as they had been unmatched or the profile had been deleted. 
  • Of the people who had experience online harassment, 40.9% of them said they had been sent a sexual image they did not ask for.

Companies such as Match Group, that own Tinder and Hinge, could be taking action to address these issues by implementing ‘Safety by Design’ technology. This needs to include options to report even if you have been unmatched, safeguards to prevent image based abuse, and so much more. 

These companies profit off people using their service to seek connection. But together, we can use our power to demand they step up their safety and wellbeing protections.

Can you sign your support to make dating apps safer for everyone who uses them?

To Tinder, Hinge and all dating app companies, 

Your organisation supports people to seek connection and love through using your dating app services. However, a 2022 report showed that 7 in 10 dating app users in Australia have experienced at least one form of online sexual violence or abuse.

I call on you to act immediately to ensure your dating app is safe for all users by applying ‘Safety By Design’ principles. Starting with: providing survivors the ability to report someone even if they have been ‘unmatched’ and implementing safeguards to prevent image based abuse. 

Please take action to ensure dating app users can experience connection, not violence. 


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Denise , 2107  /  signed 2022-10-21 23:12:23 +1100
Michael , 2602  /  signed 2022-10-21 23:10:29 +1100
Vicki , 2036  /  signed 2022-10-21 23:09:47 +1100
Merv , 5014  /  signed 2022-10-21 23:09:39 +1100
"User’s rights and safety should come before App owner’s profit!"
Margaret , 3132  /  signed 2022-10-21 22:57:09 +1100
Darren , 2000  /  signed 2022-10-21 22:52:49 +1100
"Too many people have been attacked and many killed as a result of these apps."
Michael , 4660  /  signed 2022-10-21 22:49:34 +1100
Scott , 4130  /  signed 2022-10-21 22:49:31 +1100
Margret , 2034  /  signed 2022-10-21 22:47:16 +1100
"It’s not about me, but the responsibility towards customers of companies that deal in such platforms. Many of the users would obviously be in quite vulnerable, mental situations whereas others just treat it as fun. Safety by design technology should not be an option, but should need to be covered by legal ways built into the processes. Just listen to consumers stories and ACT responsibly."
Frances , 2213  /  signed 2022-10-21 22:45:40 +1100
"Get rid of these apps altogether. They do little to encourage caring civil behaviour, they promote pornography and, as the research shows, lead to sexual unredressed violence."
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