Tinder’s new ‘reaction’ feature is a weak attempt to combat its most horrible male users
Tinder is rolling out a puzzling new feature to better help users who encounter aggressive, offensive, or annoying users on its platform. With “reactions,” users can send animated responses like applause, an eye-roll, or a thrown drink.
In the dating world, online messages can be a way for people to communicate their discomfort or disgust clearly, without fear of the physical danger that women in particular face around strangers. Dating apps can be an easier way to weed out potential bad first dates. Still, those apps are well-documented avenues for obnoxious messages or outright harassment. Tinder requires both people to consent to conversation through mutual swipes, but that doesn’t mean interactions will be even moderately civil.