Spectrum Labs Becomes Latest ODA Associate

The Online Dating Association (ODA) announced that Spectrum Labs, an AI platform that detects harmful online behaviour, is the latest associate of the group.

The ODA said it was pleased to welcome the San Francisco-based technology company, which would be a beneficial partner in the ‘Safety First Initiative.  

George Kidd, CEO of the ODA, said: “[Spectrum Labs] have a visible commitment to standards and user safety, and wide experience in moderation, particularly with US companies.

“The role that Spectrum plays in online safety is a great fit for our global Safety First Initiative. We look forward to working with Spectrum to help improve user trust and safety in dating services.”

The campaign calls on dating platforms to review their safety processes and encourages daters to behave respectfully towards other users.

Speaking on the company’s new membership, Justin Davis, co-founder and CEO of Spectrum Labs, added: “We’re honoured to partner with the ODA. We have long been admirers of the ODA’s work and values, and believe our partnership will help online dating platforms grow and thrive safely.”

Spectrum Labs, founded in 2016, uses context-based AI to identify harmful behaviour online, such as sexual harassment and cyberbullying. It can also recognise underage users.

Its technology has been used on social, gaming and dating platforms to help companies recognise and respond to such behaviour.

Spark Networks, which runs dating apps Zoosk, Elite Singles and JDate, became a member of the association last month, as the ODA continued campaigning for user trust and safety.

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