Whitney Wolfe Herd, Bumble’s CEO and Founder, has been forced to travel with a bodyguard for safety reasons following a cyberattack.
Full-time security is also employed at the Bumble offices to protect the staff.
The precautions came after a neo-Nazi website published photos, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of Bumble staff members last year. The website called on their community to target workers at the dating company with harassing and hateful messages.
The FBI has since stepped in and taken down the extremist website.
The attack reportedly targeted Bumble because Wolfe Herd is considered a feminist icon, and because her app promotes female empowerment.
As reported in Business Insider, Wolf Heard said: “We’re a feminist company so we came under attack.
“The post was a call to action to bring down the feminists of Bumble.
“Misogyny is a very dangerous thing and there are a lot of people that still believe in it.
“It’s a very alive misogynistic moment in America right now.”
Following the leak, Bumble started working with the Anti-Defamation League to try and eradicate hate from the app.
Since then, they have been encouraging their users to report any signs of ‘hate speech’ or symbols, so the offending accounts can be blocked.
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