Tinder Now Warns LGBTQ Users When They Travel to Homophobic Countries

Tinder is rolling out a new safety feature for LGBTQ users that warns them when they travel to potentially dangerous and homophobic countries.

The dating app announced their new Traveler Alert on Wednesday (July 24), which will appear when users open the app in a country where homosexuality is criminalized.

“Based on your geographical location, it appears you’re in a place where the LGBTQ community may be penalized,” the message reads. “We want you to have fun, but your safety is our #1 priority. Please proceed with caution and take extra care when making new matches and meeting with people you do not know.”

While in these areas, LGBTQ users will no longer appear while others in the area swipe. The alert gives users the choice of remaining hidden or allowing their profile to be public again.

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The pop-up also gives users the option of learning more with a link that reads, “More info.” This link will take them to ILGA World’s 2019 resources about sexual orientation laws worldwide. Tinder used data from ILGA World’s State-Sponsored Homophobia report to identify the countries where LGBTQ users could be potentially be in danger.

This is the latest move from Tinder to be more LGBTQ-inclusive. To celebrate Pride month, the app rolled out an update which allows users to select up to three sexual orientations.