A few swipes into the popular dating app Bumble, and the diversity of interests is obvious: Users post photos of themselves swinging from trapezes, playing French horns, posing with freshly caught fish and, occasionally, brandishing a handgun or aiming a semiautomatic rifle.But following a string of mass shootings and nationwide calls for gun control in recent weeks, Bumble is setting plans in motion to ban images of firearms for its nearly 30 million users.Herd said the new policy was not an attempt to "sweep up a mess" involving unhappy Bumble users.The company, which is based in Austin, Tex., and also operates a networking service for professionals and a friend-matching function, is donating 0,000 toward a nationwide protest against gun violence planned for later this month.
She said that users — such as competitive sport shooters — could appeal to have their photos restored. "It's a very tricky battle we've chosen to taken on, but I'd rather pursue this than just ignore it." Bumble has received complaints about gun photos, but Ms.
The new policy, which resembles how Bumble already handles nudity, fake photos, hate speech and other transgressions, will extend to dangerous weapons like knives as well as firearms, she said.
Users with military or law enforcement backgrounds will be allowed to post photos of themselves carrying firearms while in uniform. Herd started Bumble in 2014 to create a "kinder, more accountable" online space where women initiate conversations.
The company joins a long list of businesses that have cut ties with the National Rifle Association or sought to clarify their relationship with the industry since a deadly shooting in Florida last month. Appear to Reconcile Some 5,000 moderators around the world will scour new and existing profiles and remove gun-related content, said Whitney Wolfe Herd, Bumble's founder and chief executive.
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