I come bearing great news! As of Jan. 28, Bumble has officially banned body-shaming from the app. So, what does that mean? Well, they have new terms and conditions that explicitly ban any sort of "unsolicited and derogatory comments made about someone’s appearance, body shape, size or health." This sort of language includes anything "fat-phobic, ableist, racist, colorist, homophobic or transphobic." I’m so here for this.
“We have always been clear on our mission to create a kinder, more respectful, and equitable space on the internet, and our zero-tolerance policy for racist, harassing and hate-driven speech is an important part of that,” said Charlotte Brown, Engagement Manager at Bumble. “We believe in being explicit when it comes to the kind of behavior that is not welcome on our platforms and we’ve made it clear that body shaming is not acceptable on Bumble.”
OK, so they have the terms and conditions. But, like, how do they enforce this? Technology, duh. In addition too giving users the chance to report any body shaming they spot on the app first-hand with the app’s Block + Report tool, the tech wizards behind the app have created automated safeguards that will detect any sort of comments or images that go against their new terms and conditions then send them over to a human moderator to review.
If something is flagged as problematic, the person will get a warning. The moderator who flagged what they said might also even provide them with some educational tools to help them be better. But multiple warnings or saying something super problematic will automatically get them banned.
“Our moderation team will review each report and take the appropriate action,” Brown said. “We always want to lead with education and give our community a chance to learn and improve. However, we will not hesitate to permanently remove someone who consistently goes against our guidelines.”
This isn’t the first time Bumble has taken a strong stance against body shaming. Back in 2017, a woman wrote to Elite Daily saying that she was ghosted by a guy on the app after he fat shamed her. Shortly after their first date, he ghosted her and changed his bio to “pleeease don’t be fat in real life."
Once the article detailing her story was published, Bumble got in touch with the woman who submitted the story and banned the guy from the app.
Gotta love a brand that walks the walk!
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