'Are you sure?' Tinder launches feature to potentially prevent inappropriate messages | Inquirer Technology

‘Are you sure?’ Tinder launches feature to potentially prevent inappropriate messages

/ 05:02 PM May 22, 2021
Dating apps team up to make vaccinating hot

Logo of dating app Tinder (Image: AFP)

Online dating app Tinder is launching a new feature that makes users think twice before sending potentially offensive or inappropriate messages to their matches.

The said feature, called “Are You Sure?” (AYS?), was created in an attempt to protect users from harassment, the company said in a release on May 20.


Through AYS?, users get prompts in real time when composing a message that may contain inappropriate words or phrases.

This is possible through the use of artifical intelligence (AI) that detects “harmful language and proactively intervenes to warn the sender their message may be offensive, asking them to pause before hitting send.”


“Members who saw the AYS? prompt were less likely to be reported for inappropriate messages over the next month, which indicates AYS? is changing longer-term behavior, not just behavior in one conversation,” the company said.

Tinder disclosed that AYS? reduced inappropriate language in messages sent by over 10% of users during the early testing phase.

“Words are just as powerful as actions, and today we’re taking an even stronger stand that harassment has no place on Tinder,” said Tracey Breeden, the head of the Safety and Social Advocacy for Match Group, which owns Tinder.

“The early results from these features show us that intervention done the right way can be really meaningful in changing behavior and building a community where everyone feels like they can be themselves,” she added.

Prior to AYS?, Tinder’s earlier efforts to curb online harassment include the “Does This Bother You?” feature, “which provides proactive support to members when harmful language is detected in a message they received.”

The said tool has, meanwhile, encouraged users to report bad behavior, leading to reports of inappropriate messages increasing by 46 percent.  /ra



Microsoft to finally retire Internet Explorer in June next year

Google to automatically enroll users in two-factor authentication soon

The latest tech news delivered to your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
TOPICS: Apps, dating apps, harassment, Online dating, online harassment, Tinder
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our technology news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.