Tinder, the popular dating app, has announced that it will no longer allow under 18 year old users to access the service, touting it as a socially responsible move.
Earlier, the website had allowed teenagers from 13-17 years of age to use their services.
Since the service launched in 2012, it was found that minor users on their Facebook profiles have only been able to match with others of the same age bracket, rather than the wider pool of Tinder users.
But the app had warned against pretentious users who declare their age incorrectly. Such users can pose threat to minor users and breach their privacy and security.
Though the company admits losing 3 per cent of its global user base in locking under-18 out of its service but it believes ‘it’s the right thing to do’.
Rosette Pambakian, Tinder's VP of communications, explained the change in a statement saying, "On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences," Pambakian wrote. "Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under - 18 users."
The company had been trying to review its policy on the matter since last year.