In the US, the House Investigative Committee, the House oversight and reform committee, is investigating various dating apps, including Tinder and Bumble, because they would allow minors to sign up for services and potentially allow meetings with sexual harassers.
The committee sent a letter to the Match Group, Meet Group, New Grindr and Bumble Trading companies to obtain more information about their user screening procedures for apps such as Tinder and Grindr. The letter left after a series of reports according to which the main dating apps failed to correctly prevent subscriptions from underage users.
The mild policy on young users "creates dangerous and inappropriate situations," he reports TheNextWeb. The four companies that develop apps have been asked to provide details on the age of their users, the methods of verification, complaints relating to assaults and rape and reports of the use of the app by minors.
Not the first time that problems of this type emerge with apps of this type. Last year, Tinder and Grindr were investigated by law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom following reports that revealed several cases of child abuse after being able to register with the services.
The services in question are theoretically reserved for adults but there are numerous cases of minors who managed to evade the registry checks provided by the apps. Last year Tinder and Grindr reported using both algorithmic and human screening tools to prevent the registration of minors. Tinder, in particular, reported "automatic profile scans for red-flag language and images, manual reviews of suspicious profiles, user-generated activities and reports," claiming to block "email addresses, phone numbers and other identifiers associated with underage users trying to circumvent these restrictions. "