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Several people have complained that Tinder shut down their accounts with no clear explanation. These people also say that they did not use their Tinder accounts for commercial use but disclosed their jobs in order to be transparent with potential dates, according to BuzzFeed News.
Tinder doesn’t want sex workers on their site because they can’t find a way to take a piece of the profit. https://t.co/QlTdNrp97E— New Year, Same Bitch (@JCooper459) November 4, 2018
Why is @Tinder banning sex workers accounts? Do we not deserve to meet someone to date?— ♛ Kiki Lover ♛ (@kikiloverkink) October 27, 2018
Tinder reportedly did not respond to the claims, instead pointing to its guidelines that prohibit promotion, solicitation, prostitution, and trafficking. “Promoting or advocating for commercial sexual services, human trafficking or other non-consensual acts is strictly prohibited and will result in your account being banned for Tinder,” the guidelines state.
One user, Clementine, told Buzzfeed that she was not soliciting or trafficking on the app and that she’d been suspended after she put her occupation in her Tinder bio. Clementine said she was targeted due to a controversial Trump administration policy.
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, enacted by President Donald Trump in April, makes owners liable for speech on their sites. “They’re an American company and they can be prosecuted because of the anti-trafficking law—clearly I’m [not] being trafficked,” Clementine told BuzzFeed. “It’s bullshit.”
Other sex workers related similar stories, saying their Tinder accounts were shut down after they shared their occupations in direct messages.
“The only reason that they shut down my account was because of my job,” a sex worker named Kiki Love said. “They are discriminating against me because I was honest and wanted the guy to know what I do up front to make sure his okay with it before we go any further.”
Read the full BuzzFeed News report here.
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H/T BuzzFeed News
Alexis Tatum studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Orange magazine and the Daily Texan.