A woman got banned from the dating app Tinder.
She says it’s because of her hunting photos but plenty of men post similar shots and they’re still there.
Nichole says, “I opened up Tinder and in a few hours I was banned from the platform!”
On the dating app Tinder, users swipe left to “pass” on potential matches and swipe right when they like what they see.
One Tinder user we’re identifying only by her first name, Nichole– suddenly found she couldn’t swipe any direction while on vacation in San Francisco from Vermont.
Nichole says, “They responded and said I had violated the terms of service and their community guidelines.”
She suspects her profile photos may offend some Tinder users in the bay area.
For Nichole, hunting is a family affair and these were the two images on her profile.
Nichole says, “I cropped it so there were no weapons or any kind of blood showing. My family, we are not trophy hunters, we hunt for food. You know, we respect the animal.”
Not only was she permanently banned from the app, a user from San Francisco took his complaint one step further.
Nichole says, “An individual had emailed my employer with screenshots of my profile saying some not nice things.”
When we perused the app we found plenty of images of men posing with their hunted animals, making provocative gestures and more.
It appears none of them has been reported for violating Tinder’s standards.
Nichole says, “It’s really about this double standard that exists.”
We reached out to Tinder and a spokesperson sent us a statement saying in part ‘we have a team dedicated to investigating each report.’
Nichole’s account ‘had been reported multiple times. The matter has been resolved and they can now use tinder.’
As for if she wants to jump back in the dating app pool?
Nichole says, “I’m not sure. I’ll leave that… I’ll decide that at a later time!”
What Nichole really wants?
Nichole says, “I just want to see some of the standards change. And I just want to see equality. That’s really what it’s about.”