Starting next week, Tinder will ban all its users below the age of 18.
Talking about the new policy, Tinder’s Vice President of Communications, Rosette Pambakian, told Techcrunch that the move was in the right direction.
“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,” he said.
Before now, the minimum age limit for the dating app was set at 13 and there have been several concerns on the protection of underage users from adults, though it is not hard for adults to put up fake accounts as teenagers or the other way round.
By April 2016, the estimated number of users on Tinder 50 million users, with 10 million using the app daily. According to Techcrunch, the new move will affect 3 percent of Tinder users.