OkCupid launches anti-dick pic pledge to chop down on harassment. However, is it sufficient?


Unsolicited dick pics are the plague of the Tinder era. So too are undesirable sexually express messages. 

However, save giving classes within the artwork of decorum, can we actually cease folks from sending unsought pics of their bits? OkCupid has determined to take decisive motion and make all present and potential customers pledge that they will not ship undesirable sexually express messages on the app.

In a weblog entitled “As a result of You’re Higher Than a Dick Pic,” the relationship app stated the member pledge is designed to remind their neighborhood of “relationship etiquette.” 

“Now, earlier than our members can work together with the OkCupid neighborhood throughout the location and on the most recent model of our app, they need to first agree to not ship any harassing or undesirable, sexually express messages,” reads the weblog publish. 

So, how precisely does this pledge work? As soon as current customers have up to date to the latest model of OkCupid, they will obtain a pop-up message informing customers they will be banned in the event that they ship “harassing or undesirable sexually express messages.”

OkCupid CEO Elie Seidman says the app needs to remind customers to speak to folks on-line in the identical method they’d do in individual. “With the OkCupid Member Pledge, we’re placing the ability in our daters’ fingers. This new characteristic reminds our members that, when you would not say it to somebody you simply met at a bar, you shouldn’t be saying it on-line,” says Seidman. 

OkCupid claims to be the primary relationship app to “incorporate a pledge” that “straight urges members to behave courteously and kindly.” However, is it actually the primary time relationship apps have taken motion concerning sexually express messaging? 

Tinder’s phrases of service makes one point out of “sexually express” and “pornographic” content material, stating that “through the use of the providers” customers agree to not publish content material containing “nudity.” Equally, Bumble’s phrases of service additionally forbids the posting of “content material” that is “obscene, pornographic or in any other case might offend human dignity.” It is unclear whether or not this time period refers to images posted on particular person’s profiles or messages despatched throughout the apps themselves. 

With analysis suggesting that 61 p.c of girls have acquired unsolicited dick pics, is a pop-up pledge on a relationship app actually sufficient to make a distinction to such a widespread downside?

Tinder and Bumble already embody anti-nudity clauses — albeit fairly nebulous ones — of their phrases of service, however the concern of undesirable sexually express messages does not appear to be going away anytime quickly. 

OKCupid customers who do obtain sexually express messages can report senders by tapping on the three dots on the prime proper of the message. We’ll have to attend and see whether or not there are penalties for individuals who nonetheless since undesirable dick pics. 

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