Apparently Tinder has been deleting the accounts of transgender users for some unknown reason. Naturally, instead of accepting the obvious reality, they’re just complaining about how they’re being discriminated against.
Transgender Tinder users say they are being inexplicably banned from the dating app.
Well, actually, there is one pretty obvious explanation: Trans folks who’ve discovered that their accounts are “under review” believe they are being flagged simply because they are trans. And Tinder isn’t doing much to help them out.
According to Business Insider‘s Madison Malone Kircher, Tinder’s policy stipulates that a profile must be reported a certain number of times (it doesn’t disclose the precise number) before it is placed under review/banned. If Tinder recognizes that the “offending” profile hasn’t actually committed any violations, the dating app will restore it. It’s basically a “guilty-until-proven-innocent strategy,” says Kircher.
So it isn’t Tinder that’s targeting them then. It’s the other users of the app that are flagging their accounts. Also the fact that it takes multiple people flagging them before something happens suggests that quite a lot of people have a problem of some kind. I wonder what that problem could possibly be? Is it possible that the majority of heterosexual people don’t want to be matched up with transgender people on dating apps? No, that couldn’t be it, because a transwoman is just as much a woman as a biological woman, and a transman is just as much a man as a biological man. There’s absolutely no difference whatsoever, so why would anyone have a problem being matched up with them? It must just be that Tinder are discriminating against them.
Of course, retroactively lifting a ban that was placed due to discrimination isn’t exactly encouraging. But the Tinder model itself is problematic when it comes to the treatment of trans folks and other sexual minorities. In a statement to Business Insider, a Tinder spokesperson said:
“The system currently does not permit users to be more specific than ‘male’ or ‘female’ when selecting gender and is similarly limited in discovery preferences. Unfortunately, this can lead to some users reporting other users when they unexpectedly appear in their recommendations. Tinder recognizes and believes in the importance of being inclusive of all gender identities and is working towards optimizing the experience for everyone. “
Oh, well, at least they’re working on it?
As Kircher points out, it’s strange that Tinder, which pulls profile information from Facebook, only incorporates two of the 58 gender options Facebook has to offer. Clearly this discrepancy is a problem.
When asked to comment, Tinder sent Fusion the same statement that appeared in Business Insider.
58 genders? Seriously, do we really need that many?
Anyway, I’m not really going to go into too much detail today. I’ve dealt with the transgender topic so many times already (and no doubt with the Bruce Jenner story dominating headlines, I’ll be dealing with it a lot more in the near future). I just wanted to highlight this story now before I forget about it because of how shocked I was when I read it. Actually no, I take it back. I’m not shocked at all that such a story has come out. The sense of entitlement is astounding. There exist exclusive dating apps for transgender people already, so why are they complaining about what happened on Tinder? They have their own exclusive spaces already. Do heterosexual people not have a right to hook up with other heterosexual people, without having to filter their way through transgender users as well?
The solution here is quite obvious. Assuming it doesn’t exist already, Tinder should create a version of their application that is identical to how the current version works, but made for transgender users only. Non-transgender people can continue to use the current version. That way, transgender people can still use Tinder to meet people, without the fear of having their accounts suspended, and heterosexual people can meet other heterosexual people in peace. This is the obvious solution that should keep everyone happy.
Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if they take offence to that solution as well. I’d say anything less than having heterosexual people hook up with them for sex will not be good enough to satisfy their demands.