Bumble Takes A ‘Stand’

Gun violence is getting out of control… that’s why American’s are asking for “gun control.” Makes sense right? The number of shootings in the past year skyrocketed in a way that is just downright scary. The ease of going to a store and picking up a gun leaves these dangerous weapons in the hands of some mentally unstable folks. After the recent shooting in the Florida high school, companies are putting their foot down.

Umm, Did This Dating App Just Make Gun Fanatics Look Good?: Bumble Bans Images of Guns to Create 'Safe' Environment

Companies that used to sell assault rifles are removing them from their stores. Now the dating app scene is getting in on the fight against guns. Bumble announced that it stands against gun violence. The application is banning and removing images of firearms from the profiles of its users. Great, now we’d never know if Jake collects assault rifles until he shows us his collection in real life! Oh, brother!

They’re Watching You

The moderators at Bumble are reviewing it’s 30 million existing user profiles as well as new ones. They plan to rid the app’s community of any gun-related content. That means taking down pictures of guns and people with guns. So if you wanted to know if your potential date is into guns, too bad. 

Umm, Did This Dating App Just Make Gun Fanatics Look Good?: Bumble Bans Images of Guns to Create 'Safe' Environment

Exceptions to Bumble Ban

Their method to create a gun-free environment is not bulletproof. Bumble users can link their profile to their Instagram account. Because Bumble has no power over this popular social media platform, it cannot and will not take down gun-related images that come from Instagram.

Another exception for this Bumble ban is photos of people with a military or law enforcement background. These people are just doing their job and using their firearms for good. Therefore there’s no reason to take pictures down of people who are just doing their job. As long as the person wears their uniform in a picture with their gun, Bumble won’t interfere.

They Want Nothing to Do With Guns

Bumble stated that it created its community with safety in mind. “Online behavior can both mirror and predict how people treat each other in the real world. Bumble has a responsibility to our users and a larger goal to encourage accountability offline,” said Bumble in its statement. However, users might run into guns more than they could possibly expect. 

“In the past, when we’ve had an opportunity to make our platform safer, we’ve taken action, banning hate speech and inappropriate sexual content from the Bumble app.”

Umm, Did This Dating App Just Make Gun Fanatics Look Good?: Bumble Bans Images of Guns to Create 'Safe' Environment

Bumble also announced that in addition to its actions against gun violence, it’s giving a $100,000 donation to the organization called March For Our Lives. This organization was founded by the survivors of the Parkland school shooting.

Chief executive Whitney Wolfe Herd explains what kind of environment she wants her users to be in. “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 tells the New York Times.

Wait, Isn’t This Ban Making Bumble More Dangerous?

Shouldn’t we be able to call out the red flags? Now how will we know if we have a dangerous gun fanatic on our hands? The freaks are out there, and now we cant tell who is who.

When it comes to dating, people have the tough task of judging a person’s character with the little information they can get in the first few impressions. Men and women have to decide if they feel safe going on a date with these potential partners. That means being alone with them.

Umm, Did This Dating App Just Make Gun Fanatics Look Good?: Bumble Bans Images of Guns to Create 'Safe' Environment

When you meet someone on a dating app, you have to judge them based off of their profile. When you start chatting, you can get to know some more about the person, but we all know the “right things to say.” If Bumble limits the things a person can post on their profile, it gets even harder to have a feel for the person you might actually meet up with. Some people view this ban as something that makes Bumble dangerous rather than safe.

If you’re about to agree to a first date or even a friendship, wouldn’t you want to know if guns are something this guy or girl is fanatic about? Even a slight interest in guns is enough for someone to reconsider developing a relationship. Sure, shooting at the range and hunting are hobbies that many people have. You can decide whether or not you’re ok with that type of thing based on your own beliefs. But it might be better to have the ability to make that decision in the first place.