Bumble Bans Images Of Guns From Dating Profiles, But With Some Exceptions

Dating app Bumble bans guns in profile photos
Online dating app Bumble banned guns from its profiles. Now only those in uniform will be able to display firearms. Those just posing with guns for recreational purposes will not be able to post the images.  ( Bumble )

Bumble is the latest tech company to take a stand against gun violence. The dating app will be banning images of firearms from the photos of its users. There will be some exceptions, but for the most part, it will be removing images of guns.

Bumble has almost 30 million users.

Bumble Bans Guns

Bumble is taking a stand against gun violence after recent events such as the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. Its moderators will be reviewing new and old profiles to get rid of the gun-related content.

Bumble will not be removing any pictures with guns that are in users' Instagram profiles. Users can integrate their Instagram profiles to their Bumble profiles.

Another exception from the ban will be if a user has a military or law enforcement background. Those people will be allowed to post themselves with guns as long as they're still in uniform while they do it.

In the official statement for the move, Bumble says that it was created with safety in mind.

"Online behavior can both mirror and predict how people treat each other in the real world. Bumble has a responsibility to our users and a larger goal to encourage accountability offline," said Bumble in its statement. "In the past, when we've had an opportunity to make our platform safer, we've taken action, banning hate speech and inappropriate sexual content from the Bumble app."

It goes on to cite the recent gun violence as a cause to remove guns from Bumble profiles.

At the end of the statement, Bumble also announced that it will be making a $100,000 donation to March For Our Lives, an organization that was founded by the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

Bumble chief executive Whitney Wolfe Herd told the New York Times that it wants to make the community that Bumble has built to feel safe.

"We just want to create a community where people feel at ease, where they do not feel threatened, and we just don't see guns fitting into that equation," said Herd to the New York Times.

Bumble is a dating app where women control the conversation. Women get the chance to decide whether they want to speak to a man first or not at all. Matches expire if they're not spoken to in 24 hours.

Bumble also includes options to just look for friends or to network using the app.

Bumble recently became the jersey sponsor for the Los Angeles Clippers.

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