A new Tinder feature that allows users to track potential matches by the places they visit has been met with hesitation from users, who have branded the update as ‘creepy’.
Rolled out in Sydney, Brisbane and Chile’s capital Santiago on an initial trial period, ‘Places’ matches potential suitors based on locations they frequent.
But not everyone is keen on the idea.
“Way to go guys, you just made stalking, kidnapping and human trafficking much easier,” one man wrote on Twitter.
“I am not interested in being stalked or harassed at places I frequent,” a woman added.
Tinder, however, has insisted the feature will simply make that first date that little bit easier.
“Places was designed to help you connect with potential matches who love the same spots you do—and you’re in control,” Tinder said in a blog post.
“Now, you not only have something in common, you also have a genuine icebreaker and your first-date spot.”
Whether you’re sat in the library or enjoying a drink at your favourite bar, the dating app will let other users know you were there as soon as you’ve left.
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And if privacy is a concern, there’s no need to worry. The app will only track you at social places, leaving out locations such as your home, the bank and the doctors.
Users will also be relieved to know they can turn the feature on and off as they please with just the touch of a button.