Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd has spoken to journalist Gayle King at the annual SXSW festival.
She talked about how she started Bumble after leaving rival Tinder back in 2014, after alleging discrimination and sexual harassment.
When speaking about her former employer, Wolfe Herd told the journalist: “I don’t believe revenge is part of my agenda. I’m a firm believer that just like hate spreads hate, love and kindness spread love and kindness. We’re doing our own thing.”
Wolfe Herd also spoke about how she had no intention of ever starting her own dating app. She commented: “What I originally wanted to do with Bumble is rewrite the Internet.”
She also spoke about how she thought there was room for a social network that spreads good behaviour, noticing that all of the main social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat had male founders.
Recently, Bumble banned pictures of guns in profile pictures on its platform. The company hired 5,000 contracted moderators to go through all the existing images and newly uploaded images on profiles.
However, Wolfe Herd said she received a lot of backlash for the gun decision. She commented: “This is not a place for violence, for us to highlight violence. That’s us saying — that doesn’t live here. We will always put our values before our bottom line.”
Tinder has recently announced that it is moving to introduce an option which would enable female users to switch in and out of a Bumble-esque mode where they initiate conversations.
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