Bumble Bans Firearms

Following the deadliest school shooting since 2012 in Parkland Florida, dating app Bumble has banned members posing with guns. The company said new and existing profiles with photos including firearms would be removed.

Military and law enforcement officers will be allowed to show firearms as part of their uniforms.

Bumble said it was using this opportunity to ‘make our platform safer’.

‘As mass shootings continue to devastate communities across the country, it’s time to state unequivocally that gun violence is not in line with our values, nor do these weapons belong on Bumble.’

Bumble is a dating app which lets the woman start the conversation first.

On 14th February, 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The survivors have, since then, campaigned for tighter gun control. As of yet, the government’s only response has been talks of arming teachers.

Bumble boasts 30 million members all over the world with 5,000 moderators employed by the app. Along with guns, photos including nudity, knives and hate speech will also be filtered out. Photos linked from Instagram, however, will not be screened.

Whitney Wolfe Herd, the app’s creator, said that she was aware that the ban would affect law-abiding gun owners and hobbyists.

The company has also donated $100,000 to the March for Our Lives movement, which is funded by the survivors of the shooting.

“We stand with them and join them in working towards a non-violent future.”