Tinder is a wildly popular social media and dating app that has nearly 50 million users per month. Users (over the age of 13) sign up through Facebook, then swipe their way to fun, flirtatious conversation — and occasionally real live dates and meaningful relationships.
Though the app does not ban some of the same content — namely nudity — as Facebook or Instagram, there are a few rules that must be followed by users. Here are a few of the content restrictions:
- no promotion of racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm
- no harassment or intimidation of another person
- no transmission of “junk mail,” “chain letters,” or unsolicited mass mailing or “spamming”
- no child pornography
But many of the accounts that have been banned most recently have one thing in common: they all “feel the Bern.”
22-year-old Haley Lent, of Iowa, is married. But she bought a premium membership to the dating app in order to change her location and talk to people in New Hampshire about her chosen candidate:
“I talked to between 50 and 100 people on the app. I would ask them if they were going to vote in their upcoming primaries. If they said no or were on the fence, I would try to talk to them and persuade them to vote.”
Lent says that she was locked out of her account the morning after the Iowa caucuses.
Robyn Gedrich, a 23-year-old from New Jersey, said that she sent nearly identical messages to around 60 people per day for two weeks before being banned from the app:
“Do you feel the bern? Please text WORK to 82623 for me. Thanks.”
Other users were reported for posts like this one:
According to Gedrich, before her profile was locked she had several responses. Some asked what she was talking about, some reported her as a “bot,” and a few simply replied: “Trump 2016.” Sadly, none of them resulted in an actual date.