Popular dating app Tinder will soon become more transgender-friendly, the company’s CEO says.
Tinder CEO Sean Rad told a tech conference in Los Angeles last week: “There’s a transgender community on Tinder and we haven’t done enough to give them a good experience.”
“It’s harder for them to get what they are looking for. We have to modify our experience to address that.
“It’s not only good for the Tinder community, but it’s the right thing to do for the world.”
He said the change would be introduced within “a month or two.”
Currently, Tinder offers its reported 50 million users the ability to state whether they’re ‘male’ or ‘female’ and whether they’re either interested in ‘men’, ‘women’ or ‘both.’
The company said that it’s working with LGBTQ advisors, including US transgender activist Andrea James and GLAAD, as part of its commitment to its transgender users.
Tinder said in a statement: “One challenge we face at Tinder is making sure our tens of millions of users around the world have the same user experience. No matter who you are, no matter what you’re looking for, you should get quality matches through the Tinder experience.”
Last year, The Independent reported that transgender Tinder users were being unfairly ‘reported’ on the app and were having their accounts banned.
“Tinder recognises and believes in the importance of being inclusive of all gender identities and is working towards optimising the experience for everyone,” the company responded at the time.