This Popular Dating App Has Banned Guns in Photos

"We just want to create a community where people feel at ease."

This week, the popular dating app Bumble announced that they would now be treating photos of people with guns the same way they treat nudity, fake profiles, and hate speech: by banning any images of weaponry in the profiles of its 30 million users.

The only exception will be people with a military background, who will be allowed to post photos of themselves holding a firearm while in uniform.

Whitney Wolfe Herd, the company's founder and CEO, told The New York Times that the decision came as a direct result of the mass shooting at Parkland and the subsequent movement, led by the high schoolers who survived, for greater gun control.

"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," Herd said.

To further their commitment to a safer world, the company will also be donating $100,000 to March for Our Lives, a nationwide protest initiated by Parkland students that will be taking place on March 24.

The move will likely anger diehard advocates of the Second Amendment, which, Herd says, is "an interesting demonstration of the ways in which apps and social media platforms both reflect and are sensitive to cultural change and serve as a cultural barometer but can also codify what is acceptable behavior."

Bumble joins a growing list of major companies, like Delta, Hertz, and Walmart, that are publicly cutting ties with the NRA. And for more on online dating, don't miss our roundup of the Best Dating Apps if You're Over 40.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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