George Zimmerman is looking for ‘carefree fun’ on Tinder (updated)

George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader who shot to death unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin, is on Tinder—and apparently ashamed to show the world his real identity.

He’s using the dating app under the name Carter, and photos show him with a dog, of him at a graduation ceremony, of him shirtless in reflector shades, among others, as shared by Creating Loafing, a Tampa Bay news site, on Wednesday.

His photos would pass any unsuspecting (and massively unaware) person not familiar with the Trayvon Martin case. His Tinder bio, as shared by Creating Loafing, looks very typical as well: It says he’s a self-employed consultant and he’s looking for “carefree fun.” “I love the outdoors, fishing camping and hiking,” it reads. “I love adventure not into huge crowds.”

This is not the first time he’s been spotted on dating apps. He was reportedly on OkCupid and Bumble, but was booted off the latter for violating its terms of service, where he introduced himself as a “jury consultant.” The 2013 jury may have acquitted him, but Bumble hasn’t.

Zimmerman has a long list of assaults that didn’t make it to his Tinder bio. His latest included threatening Beyoncé and Jay Z for their participation in the Martin documentary that was released in Septemberit was no ordinary threat; he specifically said he would feed them to the alligators. He also reportedly stalked a private investigator working on the documentary and had previously been accused of domestic violence by his former girlfriend.

Even though he’s known to boast about his child-killing record, he kept that on the DL in his profile, too. However, a screenshot from his OkCupid days shows a match whom he tried to enchant with an excruciatingly boring skating story—she called him out on the spot, though.

“There isn’t a special dating app for, like, you and Casey Anthony?” his match responded. Makes you wonder how he handled that rejection.

According to Tinder’s guidelines, it asks you to not be fake and “be real instead.” But Zimmerman doesn’t have a history of abiding by the law, so he probably just glazed over that.  

Update 10:40am CT, April 18: When asked about Zimmerman’s account, Tinder told the Daily Dot, it takes users’ safety “very seriously” and has since removed his profile.

“We utilize a network of industry-leading automated and manual moderation and review tools, systems and processes—and spend millions of dollars annually—to prevent, monitor and remove bad actors who have violated our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use from our app,” the statement reads. “These tools include automatic scans of profiles for red-flag language and images, manual reviews of suspicious profiles, activity, and user-generated reports, as well as blocking email addresses, phone numbers, and other identifiers.”

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Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque