Recently, Tinder has introduced a group dating feature called Tinder Social in Australia. The feature for helping users connect with groups via chat and eventually set up group dating. The idea is to swipe and match the other groups of friends who are looking for something to do, chat with matches and find a place to meet.
The Tinder Social operates in much the same way as allowing users to find dates. Users who choose to use Social will have to create a group, add friends and then swipe and match with other groups. Users can also start conversations with their group matches through chats, but this new feature came under fire for exposing automatically the user’s Facebook friends who are also active on the app.
The new feature, which allows friend groups to match the other friend groups, is being tested in a small group of people in Australia but not everyone like it. When using this feature the users are shown a list of Facebook friends who are also on Tinder and can be added to their posse. Facebook’s whopping 1.65 billion users were not thrilled with this new idea.
Introducing #Tinder Social: So your Facebook friends laugh at your bio at Tinder.
— Bharadwaj Giridhar (@goforbg) April 27, 2016
Tfw Tinder accidentally gives all of your friends (and urself) away with its 'Tinder Social' brainwave.
— Ro (@flackseed) April 27, 2016
While the new Tinder Social feature still being tested in a small group of people in Australia, it is expected to be rolled out globally soon.
Tinder quickly responded to the numerous backlash over outing users by offering an update like opting-out manually via the app settings, effectively avoiding them from appearing on the user’s friend lists.
In a blog post, Tinder insists that the new social feature is “not group dating.”
“It’s a fun new way to meet people out with your friends,” the company said in a statement on its website.
“While this is just a test, for now, we look forward to launching it globally soon,” via the CNN.
Launched in 2012, Tinder is a location-based dating and social discovery service application that facilitates communication between users.
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