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Tinder Parent Company Spokesman: ‘There Are Definitely Registered Sex Offenders’ on Our Dating Apps

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A spokesperson for Match Group, the parent company of Tinder, OkCupid, Match.com, and other dating apps, said, “There are definitely registered sex offenders” on the company’s free dating apps this week.

In a statement to ProPublica, BuzzFeed, and Columbia Journalism Investigations, which co-published an article titled “Tinder Lets Known Sex Offenders Use the App. It’s Not the Only One,” on Monday, a Match Group spokesperson declared, “There are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products.”

“Today, Match Group checks the information of its paid subscribers on Match against state sex offender lists. But it doesn’t take that step on Tinder, OkCupid or PlentyofFish — or any of its free platforms,” the article explained, noting that the company allegedly “cannot implement a uniform screening protocol because it doesn’t collect enough information from its free users — and some paid subscribers — even when they pay for premium features.”

In a statement to Mediaite sent after publication of this piece, Match Group defended its policies:

“This article is inaccurate, disingenuous and mischaracterizes Match Group safety policies as well as our conversations with ProPublica. We do not tolerate sex offenders on our site and the implication that we know about such offenders on our site and don’t fight to keep them off is as outrageous as it is false. We use a network of industry-leading tools, systems and processes and spend millions of dollars annually to prevent, monitor and remove bad actors – including registered sex offenders – from our apps. As technology evolves, we will continue to aggressively deploy new tools to eradicate bad actors, including users of our free products like Tinder, Plenty of Fish and OkCupid where we are not able to obtain sufficient and reliable information to make meaningful background checks possible. A positive and safe user experience is our top priority, and we are committed to realizing that goal every day.”

Match Group owns most of the top dating apps and services, including Tinder, Match.com, OkCupid, Plenty of Fish, Meetic, Pairs, and OurTime.

According to a Yahoo News report from June 2018, Match Group “owns more than 45 dating businesses.”

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