Dating app Tinder has a new feature intended on keeping the LGBTQ community safe while traveling. With the growing fears and attacks against the LGBTQ community, the dating app will now warn those when they’re traveling in a country where their dating preferences could put them at legal risk.
Named the “Traveler Alert,” the feature will automatically hide users’ profiles when they’re traveling abroad in countries where same-sex relationships are illegal. From there, users can then choose whether or not they want to stay hidden. If they choose to keep their profile public then their sexual orientation or gender identity will be removed for the time being to protect them against law enforcement or individuals who might target them.
The only time the alert will show up is if people are on the ground in these countries or if they’re using Tinder Passport to swipe in them.
Punishments for same-sex acts and relationships vary from place to place, but in nine countries, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, so Tinder partnered with the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association to identify the 69 countries where same-sex relationships are illegal.
Gay dating app Scruff, also warns users about potential consequences of LGBTQ dating in certain countries.