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Bumble dating app bans body shamers

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The dating app Bumble will ban users if they are deemed to be “body-shaming” others in their profile details or in conversation with potential partners, according to The Guardian.

It comes amid growing concern about abuse on dating apps. One in four, 23% of people in Britain have been body-shamed online on a dating app or social media, according to a Bumble survey of 1,003 people.

Additionally, 54% of people said they are less likely to feel good after spending an extended amount of time on the internet. Surveys have shown that body shaming makes people feel self-conscious (35%), insecure (33%) and angry (25%).

Bumble, an app which allows women to choose who they want to talk to, will use an algorithm to flag terms that are deemed derogatory in terms of mocking an aspect of someone’s physical appearance. This will include language that is fatphobic, racist, or homophobic.

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