Tinder will no longer allow users below 18 years of age to access its services; Tinder VP of Communications Rosette Pambakian said in a statement. The regulation will come in affect from next week.
Anyone who is 13 years or older was allowed to use the dating app, since it was launched in 2012. However, users between 13 to 17 years of age could only match others in the same age-group. This means, a 14-year old or a 17-year old could not match with anyone who is 18 years or above.
Tinder, will however, discontinue with service for users below 18 as it believes this is ‘the best policy moving forward.’ Pambakian’s statement was published in TechCrunch, where he says Tinder has facilitated over 11 billion connections.
“On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences. Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users. We believe this is the best policy moving forward. This change will take effect next week,” Pambakian said.
According to TechCrunch, the change in Tinder’s policy will only affect 3 per cent of its total users base. Tinder is clearly steering away from its image of a casual dating site to a more responsible one.
While the move may not affect its users base drastically, it does not rule out the possibility of children creating fake accounts in order to use the dating service.