Dating apps must combat sexual violence against women

The Mociba del Inegi in Mexico shows that 40.3% of female victims received advances or sexual proposals, 35.3% were contacted through false identities, and 33.9% received offensive messages.

To combat these factors, Facebook requires that each dating profile must be associated with a profile and account on its platform.

However, accounts can be removed from Dating if they are suspicious, new to Facebook, or have violated our Community Guidelines and the dating experience is limited to those over 18 years of age.

Meanwhile, Bumble says the Bloom / Chayn partnership is the first of its kind to offer free trauma support, and they look forward to learning from the needs and requirements of their community.

However, to successfully combat violence, legal backing is also needed to guarantee it.

“Most of the countries lack a clear legal framework that establishes the obligations or responsibilities of intermediaries in relation to prevention and response to cases of gender-based violence against women online, and even less in relation to violence offline sex that has been facilitated by the platforms, ”he warns

Divya Srinivasan

, a lawyer who specializes in human rights and belongs to the feminist organization GenderIT, in her study “Legal obligations of dating apps to combat sexual violence.”

The lawyer considers that platforms should have the obligation to respond in time, investigate the complaint and take the necessary steps to exclude users who commit abuses from their spaces, in addition to eliminating abusive content. And, to achieve this, you must cooperate with the application of the legislation if it exists or urge the responsible authorities to create a legal framework.

Donna Martínez, a collaborator of Girls in Tech, says that although she has rules to feel safer when dating people she knows through these dates, such as never going out with anyone without confirming that they exist and never seeing them in their homes or private places, She had a bad experience with a man she contacted through Tinder and with whom she even shared mutual friends from college.

“However, when I tried to make a complaint at that time, you could only choose criminal content or written harassment options,” he said.

For that reason, he decided not to continue with his complaint to the platform or to file a record with the Public Ministry.

Although he continued to use platforms, he now makes sure that they have sufficient action steps, such as the fact that Tinder already includes offensive behavior before or after a date among its reporting policies.