muzmatch has announced that it is getting rid of the swipe functionality following two lawsuits from Tinder-owner Match Group.
Founder and CEO Shahzad Younas revealed on Twitter that users will now have to express their interest in a potential match by clicking the ‘heart’ or ‘cross’ symbol. The app will automatically update with the new changes in the next week.
Younas explained in his statement: “Over the next few days, we’re removing the ability to ‘swipe’ through profiles on muzmatch. You might ask yourself why? The honest answer is the largest dating company in the world took us to court.
“We’ve decided to redesign some things in the app. I can’t say much more about it at the moment, but now that this distraction is out of the way we can get back to working on something wonderful I think you’ll love.”
Match Group tried on a couple of occasions to acquired muzmatch in 2017 and 2018, as it looked to make an impact in the Muslim dating market. After being unsuccessful with its advances, the company took over Hawaya in 2019 instead.
A trademark infringement lawsuit was filed against muzmatch a few months later in the UK Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court. This suit is due to go to trial on 14th December 2021.
Then, earlier this year, Match Group filed another suit in the US, this time in relation to alleged patent infringement and cyberpiracy.
This case has since been settled and dismissed, prompting muzmatch to remove the swipe gesture from its product.
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