Tinder CEO Sean Rad has just announced the app will soon be introducing new features designed to make it more welcoming for individuals who identify as transgender.
The popular dating app has often been criticised for offering the transgender community a limited experience, by only providing the ability for users to select from just two genders – male or female – when building a profile on the app.
Similarly, during their search for potential dates, users are currently only able to choose to filter out men and women.
However according to its CEO, the dating app is adding new gender options, which give users the ability to better specify who they are as a person, and give more details about the type of individual they are looking to meet.
Speaking at Recode’s Code Conference on Thursday, Rad said that this update will launch on the app at some point in the next two months, revealing that the company is working alongside LGBT experts and organisations to perfect the updates.
He stated: “There’s a transgender community on Tinder and we haven’t done enough to give them a good experience.
“It’s harder for them to get what they are looking for. We have to modify our experience to address that.”
When unveiling the plans, Rad recognised the difficulties many of its transgender users face on the app, noting that some transgender users had their profiles flagged because other users thought they were fake.
As a result, he admitted that the app “hasn’t delivered” for all gender in the past, but believes the upcoming changes are the “right thing to do”.
According to CNet, Rad also suggested that we may also see some augmented reality features added to the app, as a way of letting users add extra information to their profiles to help them make better connections.
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