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Dating apps like Tinder are letting known sex offenders use their apps

The lack of security could be leaving users vulnerable to attacks by convicted sexual offenders.
The "Tinder" app logo is seen amongst other dating apps on a mobile phone screen on November 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — New media reports are accusing dating apps like Tinder, OkCupid, and PlentyofFish, of not protecting users by allowing known offenders use their apps. 

ProPublica reports Match Group is the company that owns apps like PlentyofFish and Tinder, apps that belong to its 45 online dating brands. 

Match has signed agreements to protect users against sexual predators. However, reports and an investigation claims there is a lack of a uniform policy against the use of the apps by convicted and accused offenders, which can leave users vulnerable.

There have been multiple reports made by women using the apps claiming they were connected to known offenders and subsequently saying they were raped after matching with them.

A further investigation found sexual offenders have been repeatedly able to get around so-called "security" policies on the apps, Futurism.com reports.

This, in turn, has led to many horror stories, since all the perpetrators have had to do is check a box that said they agreed to follow the rules of the app. 

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