Transgender users of the swipe-happy dating app Tinder are taking to social media because they believe their accounts are being suspended on the basis of their gender identities.
Several have been vocal on Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit, saying their accounts have been reported and subsequently banned by other users they accuse of transphobia.
Tinder allows users to report other users if they violate their standards. The categories include “inappropriate messages, inappropriate photos, bad offline behavior, feels like spam” and “other.” According to the trans users who have been banned, however, nothing about their behavior on the app met those qualifications.
— Molly McGlone (@mollymcglone11) April 29, 2015
— Molly McGlone (@mollymcglone11) April 28, 2015
She explained that she tried to safeguard against it by mentioning her trans identity in her Tinder profile — to “make [people] think they weren’t ‘trapped'” — but other users kept reporting her account.