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Bumble is banning pictures with guns from user profiles

Bumble is banning pictures with guns from user profiles”

Ms. Herd started Bumble in 2014 to create a "kinder, more accountable" online space where women initiate conversations.

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, several private companies have ended sales of semi-automatic rifles, raised the gun-buying age to 21 and, most recently, agreed to eliminate profile pictures that feature guns.

Bumble has banned its users from posting photos of themselves holding guns.

A statement on the Bumble website said that the company will now moderate all photos for the presence of guns, excluding users who are in military or law enforcement uniforms in their photos.

"We just want to create a community where people feel at ease, where they do not feel threatened, and we just don't see guns fitting into that equation", Herd told the New York Times. "Bumble has a responsibility to our users and a larger goal to encourage accountability offline".

Bumble's move to restrict gun photos comes as other USA companies are changing their gun-related policies following last month's mass school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.

The new policy comes after Bumble received a number of complaints regarding gun photos and Herd fully intends to address verbal mentions of guns in users' profiles too, with the hope of ultimately filtering them out altogether. "If I could police every other social platform in the world, I would".

Bumble's policy is likely to meet with "significant backlash" from certain users and could even spawn niche dating apps for firearms aficionados, said Sarah Roberts, an assistant professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Bumble is also making a $100,000 donation to March For Our Lives, a national rally on March 24 organized by the Parkland shooting survivors demanding increased gun control and school safety measures.

"We stand with them, and join them in working towards a non-violent future", the statement reads.

"Compared to what's going on with Facebook and Twitter, we take a very proactive approach", she told the Times.



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