Bumble Becomes Part of the Solution
Social app Bumble has banned its users from posting photos of themselves holding guns.
In their latest blog post, the platform stated,
‘Online behavior can both mirror and predict how people treat each other in the real world. Bumble has a responsibility to our users and a larger goal to encourage accountability offline.
As mass shootings continue to devastate communities across the country, it’s time to state unequivocally that gun violence is not in line with our values, nor do these weapons belong on Bumble.’
Many Companies Withdrawing From NRA
This announcement comes after a string of mass shootings occurring in America over the last 12 months. This has subsequently led a number of businesses to cut ties with the NRA, companies like Delta, United Airlines, MetLife, and Hertz have now cut ties with the NRA, largely due to public pushback.
Bumble has also cut ties with the NRA, The New York Times reports. The company will also be donating $100,000 to March For Our Lives, the organization founded by survivors of the tragic Parkland shooting.
Creating a Safer Space
Bumble’s CEO, Whitney Wolfe Herd, told the Times that moderators will also remove photos that feature other weapons, like knives, though it’s not clear exactly how far the new policy extends. “This is not super black and white,” Herd said in a statement to the Times. “It’s a very tricky battle we’ve chosen to taken on, but I’d rather pursue this than just ignore it.”
However, Bumble clarified it will not censor any images taken from Instagram that can appear in the profiles of people who have integrated the photo-sharing app into their profile.
“We just want to create a community where people feel at ease, where they do not feel threatened, and we just don’t see guns fitting into that equation.’
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