Dating site Bumble launches guide to online safety

NEW DELHI: The women’s dating app Bumble has launched a safety guide as part of a new initiative called ‘Stand for Safety’, in partnership with the public safety platform Safecity, owned by the Red Dot Foundation to help women in India to identify, prevent and combat the rise of digital abuse.

Through this initiative, Bumble hopes to demonstrate its commitment to a policy of zero tolerance to hate, aggression or intimidation of any kind, he said in a statement.

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A recent survey by the dating app found that 83% of women in India experience harassment online, and one in three women experience it every week. Additionally, 70% of women believe cyberbullying has increased since the lockdown was announced in 2020. More than half (59%) of women surveyed said they did not feel safe and just under half (48 %) feel angry.

As a geographic feature of the Bumble community in India, a woman can choose to use only the first initial of her name to create her profile on the app and can share her full name with connections when she feels ready. the company said. The application allows a function of blocking and reporting against any person demonstrating inappropriate behavior. Another feature is capable of capturing, blurring and alerting users that they have received an unsolicited nude image, making it the user’s choice to delete, view or report the same.

“Through Bumble’s Stands for Safety initiative, we hope to equip and empower women in India with information crucial to understanding and recognizing, preventing and combating digital abuse …” said Priti Joshi, vice president of strategy and global operations at Bumble in a statement. declaration.

ElsaMarie D’Silva, founder of the Red Dot Foundation, said many women are silenced and intimidated in online spaces because of the harassment and intimidation against them. “Today’s environment demands that everyone be comfortable and knowledgeable when accessing and using digital spaces for various aspects of life,” she said. The Red Dot Foundation works at the intersection of gender, technology, communications, data and urban planning and Safecity is its flagship product. program.

Mint previously reported that virtual dates would continue to favor Millennials and Gen Zs despite the easing of some pandemic restrictions. A Bumble poll had indicated that 40% of Indian singles would opt for virtual dating in 2021, as people now seek a high degree of trust to form and meaningful discussions to exchange before meeting in person.

Nearly half (47%) of the app’s dating community prefer low-key, real-life first dates, like staying indoors, with services claiming the covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the Gen Z tendency to set their own pace and make their own rules.

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