‘Magikkun’: the Korean buzzword that explains why dating apps are restricting pictures with masks

Daters in Korea are growing so tired of profile pictures, where half a face is hidden, they have coined a term for it – ‘mask fraud’. 

Wearing a mask has become commonplace during this pandemic. Though the act is often encouraged to stop the spread of COVID-19, there is one place where it is definitely frowned upon – dating apps.

Users say profiles with only masked up photos can be misleading. Amid growing complaints, some dating app operators are cracking down on those considered a “magikkun” — a portmanteau from the English word “mask” and the Korean word “sagikkun” which means a fraud. It has become one of the hottest buzzwords in South Korea’s dating scene at the moment.

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