Mark Zuckerberg to Tinder users: GTFO

After user data ended up in malicious hands, Facebook knew it was time to pay more attention to what apps access personal information. The social network inadvertently locked out the dating app's users when the former changed its privacy and API settings.

Although Tinder has already hooked up with clubs such as Napoli its partnership with City has been described as the tech company's "first significant foray into the world of sport".

The app has been bringing up an error message to booted users, titled Facebook Permissions, stating that users need to provide more Facebook permissions in order to create or use a Tinder account. Tinder then asks you to hand over "relationship interests, work history, and education history" from Facebook.

UK's top Tinder users are being recruited to offer the world's first Professional Tinder Coaching service, for £35 an hour. Facebook began approving these permissions individually in 2014, but it is now tightening the review process, requiring that apps sign agreements before gaining access to this data. The changes could have wide-reaching consequences for apps that often rely on this data, including Tinder.

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Tinder has previously tried a number of different methods to achieve this same goal including introducing a new "Feed" that gives prospective matches much more information about your life beyond a short bio and handful of photos.

The partnership says it will create unique experiences for Tinder users and football fans "from exclusive access to games, to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, events at the stadium and unique ways to engage with fans".

It said: "This was part of the changes that we announced today, and we are working with Tinder to address this issue". For those deconditioned to using a mouse through years of swiping left and right, other dating sites with Facebook integration like Hinge and Bumble were unaffected.

Tinder now operates in 190 countries and has 3m subscribers. In the meanwhile, maybe try sliding into some Twitter DMs?

  • Desiree Holland