Austin-based dating app Bumble and OkCupid to white supremacists: Nope

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Austin-based dating app Bumble and OkCupid to white supremacists: Nope

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This Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 image shows counter demonstrators holding a banner decrying white supremacist's at the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va.)(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Online dating is hard enough without discovering the person you matched with across the digital abyss is a hate-fueled racist. Two popular internet romance apps are inclined to agree.

According to Texas Monthly, Austin-based Bumble and OkCupid (whose CEO is based in Austin, the magazine reports) have both taken stands against white supremacists on their platforms, according to Texas Monthly. The magazine’s Dan Solomon reports that the latter dating site banned Charlottesville protest organizer Chris Cantwell from its service for life.

Bumble, meanwhile, has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League “to ensure that the dating service didn’t become an inadvertent platform for hate speech and symbols,” according to Texas Monthly, using moderators, machine learning and self-policing users to do so. 

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