Popular dating apps in US, Tinder and Bumble are subject to the allegation, as allowing the minors and sex offenders to use their services, as a House subcommittee is investigating on the matter.
Grindr, Bumble, The Meet Group and the Match Group, which owns such popular services as Tinder, OkCupid and Match.com are the current targets of the investigation by the U.S. House Oversight and the Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy.
The subcommittee is seeking the information on users ages, the procedures used for verifying ages, and any complaints about rape, assaults or the use of the services by minors, revealed in separate letters Thursday to the companies. House subcommittee is also asking for these dating apps privacy policies and the details on what users see when they review and agree to the policies.
For using internet services, minimum age is 13, and the dating services generally require users to be at least 18, because of related concerns of sexual predators.
The Illinois Democrat, and a rep, who heads the subcommittee, Raja Krishnamoorthi said in a statement,
“Our concern about the underage use of these dating apps is alarmed by reports that many popular free dating apps permit the registered sex offenders to use them, but in paid versions of these same apps screen out registered sex offenders,”
In response to these investigation , the Match Group said that it should uses every possible action to keep the minors and bad actors off its services, and continues to invest in the technology to keep the users safe. The company said the problem was broader, in an emailed statement, and also requires other parties attention, which includes app stores that know who their users are, “to do their part as well.”
It further added that the national sex offender registry needs to be updated, so that perpetrators’ digital footprints can be tracked, and also need to be blocked by the social media and the dating services.