Tinder Officially Announces Location-Sharing Feature Called Places

Tinder Places feature is currently available for public beta testing in Australia and Chile.

Popular dating app Tinder is testing a new location-sharing feature called Places. This latest offering aims to help match with other users who hangout in the same places as them. This includes restaurants, bars, cafes, malls, and other public places.

The company announced the new feature on their blog:

“Introducing Places—Tinder’s latest feature designed to help you discover new people who hang where you hang. Now, you not only have something in common, you also have a genuine icebreaker and your first-date spot.”

Places is powered by Foursquare which has already mapped out venues and identified public spaces. According to the company, this prevents private places from being posted.

If you’re worried that this new feature would encourage stalkers and worry for your safety, Tinder has an assurance. Places can be turned on and off at any given time.

“If you don’t want anyone to know that you were at the library, we’ll keep your secret. Just know that if you ever need a study buddy, you can count on Places to be there,” Tinder explains.

You will not be added to a specific place the moment you’re there. Tinder will show you on the new place only after 30 minutes after you have left. Your name on that place will also expire after 28 days unless you have visited it again.

No word yet as to when this feature will roll out worldwide.


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Skout pulls the plug on teens

Skout, a dating app for smartphones, has suspended access for their teen members, after stories of rape of underage users were reported.

Skout is a location-based dating service app that took the decision to protect minors and as well as their company from further criticisms.

According to founder and Chief Executive of Skout Christian Wikliund, “The safety of our community is our number one concern.”

He added that, “In recent weeks, we’ve learned of several incidents involving a few bad actors trying to take advantage of some of our younger members. We though carefully about what to do. We know how much Skout mean to our teen community, and, at Skout, our community means everything to us.”

Skout has about 5 million users and is considered as the largest location-based dating app. They used to target adults but have created a different service specifically for teens a year ago.

This is a big cause for concern since social networking sites, and even location based services, have cause rape cases.

A report from The New York Times said that three individuals have been accused of rape using the mobile app.

They added that the victims were a 15 year old Ohio girl, a 12 year old California native and a 13 year old Wisconsin boy who was assaulted.

Should Skout suspend service to teens or should they close the company after these incidents?

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