United States Marine Infantryman Greg Aselbekian had uploaded a photo of himself in his dress uniform to his Tinder profile, and over Memorial Day weekend, he opened the app only to discover that Tinder removed the photo, claiming it violated the company’s terms of service.
Aselbekian confirmed to Big League Politics that his military uniform must have triggered someone at Tinder, as it was removed from his profile with only a vague explanation as to why it is not fit for the dating platform.
“I woke up this morning and logged onto tinder and got a notification saying that they removed my main picture – the image of me in my dress blues – because it apparently violated their terms of service,” wrote Aselbekian. “It’s Memorial Day Weekend, what great timing, too.”
He added that he had, by chance, saved a screen shot of his Tinder profile featuring him in his uniform, and was thus able to provide the image to Big League Politics.
“I’m sure if a ‘woke’ person posted a picture of them standing on the flag holding a picture of President Trump decapitated, he’d be fine,” Aselbekian added.
“But apparently a military uniform is ‘too offensive’ for some people.”
Reviewing Tinder’s terms of service, there is no clear explanation for why a photo of a Marine in uniform may be taken down. However, as is often the case with tech giants, Tinder’s rules are perhaps intentionally vague, and include the following paragraph:
You understand and agree that we may monitor or review any Content you post as part of a Service. We may delete any Content, in whole or in part, that in our sole judgment violates this Agreement or may harm the reputation of the Service.
In other words, Tinder may feel that a Marine in uniform may simply “harm the reputation” of the dating service in some fashion, and could have removed the photo as a result.
Big League Politics contacted Tinder for a comment on this development, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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