Tinder, Grindr age policies face scrutiny after child rape reports
“This is truly shocking and yet more evidence that online tech firms must do more to protect children. I will be writing to these companies asking what measures they have in place to keep children safe from harm, including verifying their age,” he said Monday in an emailed statement. “If I’m not satisfied with their response, I reserve the right to take further action.”
There were another 60 other cases of child sexual offenses via online dating services, according to the UK-based Sunday Times, which cited data released under freedom of information laws. These included grooming, kidnapping and violent sexual assaults of victims as young as 8. “Grooming” is the term for building an emotional tie to children in order to create trust and then sexually exploit them.
Neither Tinder nor Grindr immediately responded to requests for further comment.
Last week, Instagram took its own child safety measures by pledging to ban images of suicide and self-harm after the family of UK teenager Molly Russell blamed the social network for her death.