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Dating Apps Turn Users Into 'Compulsive' 'Addicts': Lawsuit

Tinder, Hinge, etc., encourage incessant use while making rewards 'elusive on purpose'

(Newser) - Stuck in a dating app loop with no date in sight? A lawsuit filed Wednesday against Match Group claims that's by design. As the AP reports, Tinder, Hinge, and other Match dating apps are filled with addictive features that encourage "compulsive" use, the proposed class-action lawsuit claims. The...

Apple, Google Pull App Linked to Sextortion Scams

Wizz, a Tinder-style app aimed at teens, says it's trying to remedy the 'technical hiccup'

(Newser) - A Tinder-style app geared toward teens has been yanked from both Apple and Google's app portals after warnings about sextortion. NBC News reports that, according to emails it viewed, Wizz was pulled on Tuesday from the Apple App Store following pushback from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation on...

Tinder to Let Friends, Relatives Play Matchmaker

New feature allows even non-users to view Tinder profiles for 24 hours

(Newser) - Tinder's latest feature allows your friends and family to get seriously invested in your love life. The dating app's new Matchmaker feature, now available in 15 countries including the US, allows users to start a 24-hour "matchmaker" session in which a link is shared with up to...

Tinder's Invite-Only Club Costs Nearly $500 a Month

The app's '1%' can shell out to join Tinder Select

(Newser) - Tinder has rolled out an invite-only subscription plan to its super-users, but opting in will cost a pretty penny. Tinder Select, Bloomberg reports, runs up a $499 monthly bill and is being offered first to the site's most active users who fit certain profile criteria (multiple photos and interests,...

Tinder Just Dumped Russia
to Russia:
We're Done

Tinder to Russia: We're Done

Parent company Match Group is going to be out by June 30

(Newser) - In addition to not being able to get their Pepsi , McDonald's , Netflix , and Starbucks , Russians now won't be able to swipe right or left on Tinder. As Quartz reports, the Match Group—which runs dating sites like Match.com, Tinder, Hinge, and PlentyofFish—has decided to call it...

This Romance Scam Also Had a Crazy Sting Operation
This Tinder Scam Ended
With a Crazy Police Sting

This Tinder Scam Ended With a Crazy Police Sting

The Verge explores a carjacking via the online hookup site

(Newser) - Stories about online romance scams are fairly common these days, but the one recounted by the Verge has some strange twists. For one thing, the victim wasn't an older person unsavvy about tech; it was a 32-year-old tech entrepreneur with deep pockets named Mike Vallejo. For another, this scam...

Tinder Removes Man Accused in Documentary
Tinder Removes Man
Accused in Documentary

Tinder Removes Man Accused in Documentary

'Elle' dives into the women featured in Netflix's 'The Tinder Swindler'

(Newser) - Update: No one can swipe right on Simon Leviev anymore, Tinder has decided. The subject of the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler has been taken off the platform, the Washington Post reports. You won't find him under "Shimon Hayut," either; Tinder said he's no longer active...

Dating Apps Are Adding Vaccination Badges

They've teamed up with White House to boost vaccination rates

(Newser) - Cupid might want to consider trading in his arrows for vaccine needles. Major dating apps including Tinder, Hinge, and Match are bringing in vaccination badges and other features so users looking for love can let others know their COVID vaccination status, the Hill reports. OkCupid—which is adding an "...

Amateur Investigators Search Dating Apps for Rioters to Turn In
Dating Apps
Kick Off Rioters

Dating Apps Kick Off Rioters

Amateur investigators are eliciting confessions, then contacting the FBI

(Newser) - Dating apps are conducting their own investigations of the attack on the US Capitol last week, identifying and removing anyone who joined the riot. The apps also are being used by customers as a tool to identify those who were in the mob, the Washington Post reports, with men and...

A 'Brutal Loss' for Loughlin on House Sale

'Full House' star, husband wanted $28.7M for Bel Air mansion, reportedly got just $18M

(Newser) - A Tinder co-founder has swiped right on Lori Loughlin's Bel Air mansion, but reportedly not for what she and husband Mossimo Giannulli hoped to get for it. The couple, now awaiting sentencing in the college admissions bribery scandal , originally listed the 12,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom home for $35 million, though...

Man Killed His Tinder Date, Cops Say

Utah man charged with her murder

(Newser) - A man called 911 in the wee hours of Sunday with a horrifying claim: He said he had murdered someone inside his home in Layton, Utah. Officers arrived to find a woman with stab wounds to her torso; she died at the scene. Now the man who called 911 is...

Lurking on Dating Apps: Sex Offenders
Hidden Danger of Dating
Apps: Sex Offenders

Hidden Danger of Dating Apps: Sex Offenders

Investigation reveals how easy it is for predators to meet their victims on popular sites

(Newser) - Women looking to meet a partner on a dating site would be well advised to read a new investigative piece with a disturbing takeaway: It's surprisingly easy for sex offenders—even those on criminal registries—to set up profiles and meet new victims. Anyone who relies on these sites...

Former Tinder Exec Sues, Alleges Ex-CEO Groped Her

Rosette Pambakian alleges the incident happened at a 2016 company party

(Newser) - A former executive at Tinder sued the dating site and its former CEO on Monday alleging he sexually assaulted her and the company fired her from her job as VP of marketing and communications in retaliation for her complaint, reports CNBC . Rosette Pambakian said in the lawsuit filed in Los...

Tinder Boots Zimmerman
Zimmerman Gets the Boot

Zimmerman Gets the Boot

Trayvon Martin's killer was apparently using a fake name on the dating website

(Newser) - Bad news for anyone with a thing for George Zimmerman: Two dating apps have given him the boot, CNN reports. Tinder recently removed the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin from its platform, just as Bumble did in December. Screen grabs from Creating Loafing Tampa Bay show Zimmerman going by "...

Men Lured to Mass Tinder Date by New York City Woman

She got dozens of men to show up to her self-styled 'Singled Out'

(Newser) - A New York City woman is receiving both rants and raves for her decidedly bold decision to lure dozens of men to what can only be described as her own self-styled dating game. Per CBS News , the woman, identified in reports as Natasha Aponte, used the dating app Tinder to...

Angela From The Office Has a Plea for Her Nephew

Keep me out of your Tinder profile, she asks

(Newser) - Angela Kinsey, the actress best known as Angela Martin from The Office, has been trending on social media Friday thanks to an inadvertent boost from a nephew. As People explains, Kinsey became aware that one of her nephews was boasting of his famous relative on his Tinder profile. "You...

Tinder Co-Founders, Execs Sue App's Owners for $2B

They say parent company undervalued app

(Newser) - The co-founders of the dating app Tinder, along with eight other current and former executives, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against IAC/InterActiveCorp and its Match Group subsidiary for allegedly bilking them by manipulating financial information to create a lowball estimate of Tinder's value, the AP reports. They are seeking at...

Cops: Murder Suspect Used Dating Sites to Lure Victims

Connecticut's Danueal Drayton says he has killed up to 7 people, though cops are still investigating

(Newser) - He was on probation in Connecticut; eyed as a suspect in a New York murder; and now has been busted across the country for rape and attempted murder. Danueal Drayton offered some other crimes to cops in Los Angeles when he was arrested and charged there last week, per the...

He Swiped Left by Accident, Then Got Resourceful

Missouri freshman emails every Claudia on campus after his Tinder mistake

(Newser) - A Missouri State University student who feared he swiped a potential sweetheart out of his life with a dating app mishap emailed every Claudia on campus to find her. The freshman meant to swipe right on the woman's Tinder profile—a sign that he wanted to meet her. Instead...

Body Found of Woman Who Vanished After Tinder Date

Now that date, and her 51-year-old male roommate, are being held as 'persons of interest'

(Newser) - Sydney Loofe sent friends a selfie on Snapchat on Nov. 15 with the caption, "Ready for my date." It was the last time friends would hear from Loofe, who went on a date with a woman she'd met on Tinder but didn't turn up for work...

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