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Hinge is introducing a new “Dating Intentions” profile feature that is designed to encourage users to be upfront about their expectations. With the launch of this new feature, users can select a dating goal to be displayed on their profile. You can select from one of the following optio…

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Bumble is planning to expand further into social networking with a new communities feature

Dating platform Bumble is looking to enhance its non-dating social features with a further investment into its Bumble BFF feature, first launched in 2016. This friend-finding feature currently uses the same swiped-based mechanics to connect people looking for platonic relationships but will soon ex…

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Match Group launches its latest dating app, Stir, aimed at single parents

Dating app giant Match Group, already home to Tinder, Match, OkCupid, Hinge and others, is today launching the latest addition to its dating services lineup with Stir, an app designed exclusively for single parents. With the new release, the company aims to address the 20 million single parents in …

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Tinder rolls out in-app access to background checks, powered by nonprofit Garbo

Following last year’s investment in the background check nonprofit, Garbo, Match Group today is rolling out Garbo-powered background checks to its flagship dating app Tinder. The offering will be made available to Tinder users through the in-app safety center, which is accessible anywhere in …

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Tinder introduces a way for members to go on virtual ‘blind dates’

Tinder is bringing back the idea of the “blind date” through a new in-app feature, launching today. Except, in this case, Tinder isn’t sending out two members on a blind date together — it’s introducing them to one another through a social chatting feature that will al…

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Meta shuts down its experimental video speed-dating service, Sparked

Meta is shutting down a video speed-dating service it had tested over a good part of last year, the company informed the service’s users via a recent email. Last April, the company formerly known as Facebook confirmed it was testing a new dating service called Sparked, which was developed by …

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Tinder’s new murder mystery-themed ‘Swipe Night’ returns November 7

Tinder is bringing back “Swipe Night,” its interactive in-app event that allows its users another way to break the ice besides just matching and chatting. After the first season’s “choose your own adventure” apocalyptic storyline brought in over 20 million users, Tinde…

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Flox, an app to help friend groups meet each other, is wooing college students in NYC

There’s nothing like the growing pains of new adulthood, but for college-aged Gen Zers who have spent these formative years in lockdown, it can be even more difficult to form meaningful friendships. While attending Columbia University remotely during the pandemic, first-generation college stu…

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Snack, a ‘Tinder meets TikTok’ dating app, opens to Gen Z investors

Snack, a video-first mobile dating app designed with a younger generation in mind, is opening itself up to Gen Z investors. The startup today announced the launch of its own Gen Z Syndicate on AngelList, which will allow Gen Z community members, influencers, creators and others to participate in th…

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TikTok says ‘Project Texas’ will bolster security for U.S. users in wake of China data access concerns

Over the weekend, TikTok wrote to Republican Senators to assure them that it’s working on a program called “Project Texas” to bolster data security for U.S.-based users. This was in response to the Senators’ letter to the company dated June 27 that questioned its data access…

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Meta is pulling the plug on its crypto payments wallet, Novi

Three years after Facebook announced its ill-fated push into cryptocurrency, aka the Libra project, the tech giant has signalled another scaling back of its activity — announcing Friday that Novi, the digital wallet payments pilot it launched last October, will be ending on on September 1. In…

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