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Bumble takes a stand on body objectifiers and shamers


Dating app Bumble has taken another stand against non-inclusive language by updating its user guidelines.

Bumble is taking a stand against body-shamers on its app, updating its terms and conditions to explicitly ban unsolicited and derogatory comments made about someone’s appearance, size, health, or body shape.

“We have always been clear on our mission to create a kinder, more respectful, and equitable space on the internet, and our zero-tolerance policy for racist, harassing and hate-driven speech is an important part of that,” says Lucille McCart, Associate Director, APAC PR + Comms at Bumble.

“We believe in being explicit when it comes to the kind of behavior that is not welcome on our platforms and we’ve made it clear that body-shaming is not acceptable on Bumble.”

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The dating app uses safeguards that automatically flag comments and images that go against its guidelines and is then vetted by a human moderator, but users can also report offensive dialogue through the app’s Block + Report tool.

“Our moderation team will review each report and take the appropriate action,” McCart says.

“We always want to lead with education and give our community a chance to learn and improve. However, we will not hesitate to permanently remove someone who consistently goes against our guidelines.”

In a survey conducted of 1,400 single Aussies earlier this month, Bumble found some alarming figures about body-shaming behaviour on the dating scene.

45 percent said someone they had dated had made an unsolicited comment about their body, either in person or online, while 64 percent felt people were more likely to make unsolicited comments about their body online.