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Bumble bans mirror selfies and underwear pics in dating profiles

Internet dating can get weird fast and Bumble has built a business around trying to make things more civilized. Lately, it’s been focused on people’s profile photos: First, the dating app started requiring its users to verify their identities by snapping a selfie. Now, it’s banning certain types of profile pics outright.  From here on … Continue reading “Bumble bans mirror selfies and underwear pics in dating profiles”

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Internet dating can get weird fast and Bumble has built a business around trying to make things more civilized. Lately, it’s been focused on people’s profile photos: First, the dating app started requiring its users to verify their identities by snapping a selfie. Now, it’s banning certain types of profile pics outright. 

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From here on out, Bumble users are not allowed to use mirror selfies, photos of themselves in their underwear, or even shots of them wearing a bathing suit indoors (outside is fine). According to Bumble, mirror selfies are the images most likely to inspire somebody to swipe left (as in, “no thanks”) and, remarkably, 86% of people who are reported for abuse include mirror selfies in their profiles. Not for long, though.

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