A Bloomberg feature article has questioned how safe Bumble actually is. Former employees of the leading dating app have alleged that there’s no evidence to support Bumble’s claims that it limits or reduces misogyny, because there’s no way of monitoring it.
The former employees have also claimed that the app establishes policies that it assumes will lead to changes, without forming a system to check the results.
More than 40% of people in the US have been threatened or harassed online, and women (especially those under 30) are more than twice as likely as men to receive sexually violent threats.
Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd claimed that: “our mission, really, ultimately, is to stop misogyny.” However, the app failed to produce tangible evidence that it was successful, when requested by Bloomberg.
Eight former employees said that the company’s internal culture is the opposite of the values of kindness and respect that it preaches.
They claimed that the company’s top executive run the company like “a popular highschool group”, and that it was common practice for one or two employees to be excluded from outings with no explanation. One said that it had no idea that a place so outwardly committed to empowering women would be such a disempowering place to work.
Bumble responded to these claims, stating: “Inclusion is at the heart of what we do—and our workplace reflects that.” Later he added: “At Bumble we are committed to empowering women and promoting integrity, equality, confidence, and respect during all stages of the dating experience.”
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