Tinder founder sued
“Through that process, it has become clear that Mr. Mateen sent private messages to Ms. Wolfe containing inappropriate content,” an IAC spokesman said in an emailed statement.
“We unequivocally condemn these messages, but believe that Ms. Wolfe’s allegations with respect to Tinder and its management are unfounded.”
The lawsuit calls attention to the culture of misogyny that is often associated with the tech world. That has come to the forefront lately, notably at last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt technology conference, when engineers at a hackathon unveiled apps that promoted masturbation and staring at women’s breasts. And Samsung () unveiled its Galaxy S4 smartphone last year at a widely criticized event in New York, where the company portrayed women as technologically illiterate.
The suit describes Wolfe as the former face of the company, responsible for marketing the app to other young women as a tool for empowerment.
Tinder allows users to judge potential matches on a hot-or-not basis with the swipe of a finger. Last month, Tinder announced a new photo-sharing feature called “Moments,” in an effort to evolve its brand and reputation as a hook-up app to a broader social networking tool. Just like its match-making model, Moments lets you swipe right to like or left to reject a snapshot
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