Tinder will be rolling out an update later this week which will provide warnings to its LGBTQ users when they’re traveling in a country where such relationships are punishable by law. Tinder’s “Traveler Alert” feature will hide those users’ profiles automatically when they’re in countries that prohibit same-sex relationships.
Tinder will allow users to choose if they want their profiles to remain hidden in those countries. If they do decide to have a public profile, the app will not display their sexual orientation or gender identity so that they remain protected against individuals or law enforcement that might go after them on the basis of their dating preferences.
Users will only see this alert if they’re actually on the ground in those countries and even if they use Tinder Passport to swipe in those countries from anywhere else in the world. The alert will caution users to “proceed with caution and take extra care when making new matches” and meeting up with people that they do not know.
Tinder has identified 69 countries in partnership with the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association where same-sex relationships are punishable by law. Traveler Alert will be rolling out for Tinder users on iOS and Android in the next few days.