Bumble, the "female-first" Tinder alternative, has just joined MetLife, United Airlines, and a growing movement of companies taking a stand for gun control—by banning its users from posting firearm photos on their dating profiles, the New York Times reports.
According to a new post on the Bumble website, the company will begin blocking photos of guns on its app in the same way it's already been doing with nudity and hate speech. The post clarifies that guns will still be allowed in photos of "users in military or law enforcement," if they are in uniform. Instagram photos, which Bumble allows to be synced with a dating profile, will not be censored, either.
"As mass shootings continue to devastate communities across the country, it's time to state unequivocally that gun violence is not in line with our values, nor do these weapons belong on Bumble," the company wrote.
When it comes to dating profile pictures, the ones of dudes holding firearms are just about as ubiquitous as women posing with elephants. In the past, posing with a handgun or rifle has been a go-to move for lame-ass dudes wanting to flex their pseudo-masculine prowess. Now, thanks to the ban, they'll have to pad out their profiles with more fishing pictures or whatever.
The Times reports that around 5,000 moderators will now start combing the profiles of its nearly 30 million users and axe gun-related content. Bumble's founder, Whitney Wolfe Herd, told the Times that the company is still figuring out the edges of the new rule, acknowledging that it is "not super black and white" and saying that individual users could still be allowed to have photos with guns on a case-by-case basis.
Along with the new firearms ban, Bumble announced Monday that it will make a $100,000 donation to the Parkland survivors' new, student-led gun control organization, March for Our Lives. "We stand with them, and join them in working towards a non-violent future," the company said.
Currently, Bumble is the first dating app to ban gun photos, but seeing as how Tinder has been known to ape Bumble's successes in the past, we could see the gun ban spreading to other apps any day now. Folks who are really into the Second Amendment might want to consider changing their account over to Trump.Dating.
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