Whitney Wolfe Herd has written an article for Cosmopolitan which details the journey she’s been on while working to make unsolicited sexual images a criminal offence.
For the past year the Bumble CEO has been acting with a team of lobbyists, lawyers and state representatives in Texas. The goal was for the sending of these images to become a Class C misdemeanour (the same level as a speeding ticket).
A major step was taken towards achieving this target in early March when a bill was unanimously passed, meaning it will likely become a law sometime in the near future.
After this news was broken, Wolfe Herd revealed that she received a lot of positive feedback from people who wanted to introduce similar legislation in their home states.
She wrote in Cosmopolitan: “These photos make women feel violated and degraded in places they thought were safe, like their own homes or on their commute to work.
“In the real world, we have laws about exposing yourself to people who have no interest in seeing you naked. It’s long past time we had these in the digital world too.”
Bumble has been taking a stance against sending unwanted lewd pictures ever since its founding day. The platform immediately bans any man who is reported for the act.
Last week, majority owners Badoo announced the imminent introduction of a new piece of AI-powered software which will automatically blur a photo that might contain a sexual image. The software boasts 98% accuracy.
‘Private Detector’ will be launched on Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen in June, and will let users delete and report an image without even opening it.
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