The Tinder dating app has a new feature to help reduce online harassment. It uses an algorithm to detect possible abusive language in messages created by the user. Artificial intelligence is used to flag up examples of abusive content. After the writer of the message presses 'send', a small box pops up that asks, "Are you sure?" or "AYS?" Tinder is optimistic the new feature will cut the number of abusive messages people send. While testing the app, the volume of such messages fell by 10 per cent. The new feature is now on English and Japanese versions of the app.
Tinder's app lets users anonymously swipe photos and like or dislike the profiles of possible love matches, based on biographies and shared interests. The app matches two users, who can then exchange messages and arrange a date. The app has resulted in many finding love, but it has been abused. Tinder hopes AYS will create a safer online environment. It said: "The early results...show us that intervention done the right way can be really meaningful in changing behaviour and building a community where everyone feels like they can be themselves."