Dating App Tackles Racism and Body Shaming

Prejudice is everywhere, but one gay dating app wants to throw it out the window.

Dating app Chappy eliminates the issue of unsolicited nude pics by verifying users via Facebook and preventing photos without a face to be uploaded. Further, it makes users sign a pledge agreeing to treat each other with dignity and respect.

The pledge reads, “At Chappy, we believe beauty is found in the way you treat others. Discrimination by race, religion, disability, gender identity, age, or anything else is strictly forbidden. By using Chappy, you commit to treating your fellow members with respect, kindness, and honesty without judgment or bias.”

For app founder Ollie Locke, the message behind his new app arised due to apps, like Grindr, constantly getting complaints about offensive profiles. In this app, Locke aims to put a stop to profiles containing terms like “masc for masc” and “no blacks,” as well as unsolicited nude pics.

“I didn’t want a dick pic to be quite honest, I did not want someone sending me a picture of their penis immediately. I wanted to be able to find someone who I could bring to my friends who I had fallen for,” Locke told Gay Star News. ”For someone who might be 20-years-old coming out, I don’t want a 45-year-old man to send me a picture of their dick. It’s not responsible, it doesn’t feel like something be happening to a young community in 2017 and we are trying to break that.”

The app is currently only available in London, Los Angeles and New York.

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