Tinder Announces Ban On Users In Victoria In Bid To Slow Spread Of Covid-19

Victorian Tinder users say they’re outraged after being excluded from the platform as the state’s Covid crisis worsens.

“It’s blatant discrimination,” says one Melbourne Tinder user. “I don’t even know anyone who has Covid and yet I’m being treated like I’m carrying the virus.”

Tinder announced this morning its bold move to exclude Victorians from the app, as the state confirms another 66 cases today.

“Our goal is to reduce community transmissions as much as possible,” says Tinder CEO Max Gurdle. “That’s why we’ve used our GPS technology to switch off all users in Victoria.”

Max Gurdle acknowledges a higher average Coronavirus infection rate among dating app users.

“Unfortunately sexual temptation often proves to great to maintain social distancing,” he says.

Tinder’s controversial move comes amid mounting calls from residents in New South Wales to close its border with Victoria.

“That doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” says Max Gurdle. “But as a business, we’re doing what we can to protect our users and also the broader community.”

Victorian users say they plan to lodge a formal complaint with the Victorian Council of Civil Liberties.

More to come.