OK Cupid co-founder Christian Rudder once told NPR, “Black users, especially, there's a bias against them.
Every kind of way you can measure their success on a site — how people rate them, how often they reply to their messages, how many messages they get — that's all reduced.” More recently, talk of sexual racism has exploded within the gay community, and a number of men using apps like Grindr and Scruff have come forward to discuss the race-based profiles they encounter. Or anything but White.” Another states, “I love men from different cultures. I’m not racist.” Everyone has particular preferences when it comes to sexual partners.
Rox says, “I talk with plenty of gay people who say that’s the reason they don’t want to hook up with these racial groups.” It’s also true that certain areas tend to be populated by certain demographics.
And though most online dating apps operate in accordance to location, exclusionary politics knows no bounds.
Facebook is battling public scrutiny after close to 87 million users’ data was obtained by a third party.
Meanwhile, social app Snapchat is still trying to recover after running a tasteless ad that asked viewers whether they’d rather punch Chris Brown or slap Rihanna.
Online dating apps provide fertile ground for these kinds of appearance-based biases to take root.
It’s like, you’re going to bring that to Bedstuy, Brooklyn? If there’s one thing our techno-based society offers, it’s access to different values, different identities and different cultures. Evolutionary psychologist Ethan Gregory suggests some current behaviors can be attributed to what helped us survive in the past.The page Douchebags of Grindr features 57 pages of prize gems; screen shots of some of the most direct and exclusionary profiles around. “You’re dealing with people, who are naturally imperfect, you’re going to find those who can prefer a particular race or religion or cup size,” says relationship coach April Masini.Having a certain preference for a certain style isn’t inherently wrong.We do our best to enforce our ads policies across both direct and programmatic ads; but in this case, a promoted post that was in violation of our ads policy was mistakenly approved,” the spokeswoman told Ad Age via e-mail.
“In light of this incident, we are reviewing our screening processes to ensure similar mistakes don’t occur in the future.”The Reddit incident comes as other social platforms like Facebook and Snapchat struggle with lax digital safeguards that leave users’ personal data at risk and allow malicious and toxic content to be promoted.
He says, “Safety for us meant sticking within the group where we had resources and mates.