Tinder has announced that its premium Passport feature is going to be available for all users, to help them virtually transport themselves out of self-quarantine.
Passport is normally only included in Gold and Plus subscription packages. It lets singles connect with each other no matter where they are in the world, and is often used by people to make matches before they go on holiday.
The decision was made to increase its availability so people can share their experiences and support each other during the coronavirus pandemic. Passport will be free until 30th April.
According to The Verge, Match Group CEO Shar Dubey said to all employees: “[We want to give the Tinder community] the technology to share, learn and listen to those that are experiencing this same situation in different geographies during an unprecedented period of isolation.”
At the beginning of the month, the dating app sent a notification to users encouraging them to wash their hands frequently, avoid touching their faces and maintain social distance when out in public.
Bumble, Grindr and Hinge have also warned people to not go on dates if they are feeling unwell.
The first season of Tinder’s original show Swipe Night was scheduled for a worldwide release in the next couple of months. However, this has now been postponed because the apocalyptic themes were deemed to be inappropriate in the current climate.
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