By Asia Grace. February 19, am Updated February 21, am. The authors of a new book are arguing for race-blind dating apps — and the removal of filters for race and ethnicity. A study about dating preferences along racial lines on OKCupid came to a similar conclusion: Black women had a hard time matching on dating apps, as did black and Asian men.
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It was one of the most widely mocked—and, often, plainly condemned—features on Grindr, the gay dating app: an ability to filter matches by their race. With widespread protests across America and the country engaging in a painful discussion about race, Grindr now says it will drop the function the next time that it updates its app. Spokespeople for OkCupid and Hinge voiced the same reasoning for keeping these filters: That the companies have heard from minority users who want the filters to find other users like themselves. Bumble and Tinder, the two dominant dating apps, do not allow users to sort by race. It may not make any difference, though.
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In a Twitter post on June 1, Grindr pledged to remove settings that allow users to filter profiles by ethnicity — a change that was seen as long overdue by many people online. Controversies around racial discrimination in dating applications have been longstanding. Data has shown that black and minority ethnic profiles are rated as less attractive by other users. Other dating sites were dragged into the mix.