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Austin-based dating app Bumble bans photos of guns in user profiles

Katey Psencik
Exterior of Bumble's Austin headquarters on Wednesday August 24th, 2017.
      Erika Rich for American-Statesman

The Austin-based dating and networking app Bumble is the latest company to speak out against gun violence following the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead and 15 others injured.

The app announced Monday that it would begin moderating all new and previously uploaded user photos to check for the presence of guns.

“As mass shootings continue to devastate communities across the country, it’s time to state unequivocally that gun violence is not in line with our values, nor do these weapons belong on Bumble,” the app announced in a press release.

Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd told the New York Times that 5,000 moderators would scour all user profiles to remove gun-related content, but that the app would not censor images from users’ integrated Instagram feeds.

“We just want to create a community where people feel at ease, where they do not feel threatened, and we just don’t see guns fitting into that equation,” Herd told the New York Times.

The ban excludes users in the military or law enforcement officers in uniform.

Bumble also announced it will make a $100,000 donation to March for Our Lives, the organization founded by the survivors of the Parkland shooting.