Hookup app Tinder is making a significant change to the way a chunk of its user base uses the service. It has confirmed that starting next week, users under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to access Tinder. Until now, Tinder has allowed anyone 13 or older to access the service ever since it was launched in 2012, however users between the ages of 13 and 17 were only matched with other users of the same age.
That’s going to change starting next week. Tinder has confirmed that users now have to be 18 or older to sign up and use the service.
Tinder says that it has the responsibility of constantly assessing its different user experiences, and it’s consistent with this responsibility that it has decided to discontinue the service for under 18 users. “We believe this is the best policy moving forward,” it says.
It’s convinced that this is the right policy, pointing out that the ban on under 18 users is going to impact less than 3 percent of Tinder’s global user base. The idea behind this being to keep the app safe for its users, and even more so for minors.
Those who are under the age of 18 now only have a couple of days left to use this service after which Tinder will remain inaccessible to them until they turn 18.