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Once Will Display Users’ Attractiveness Ratings In The Name Of ‘Transparency’

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Dating apps have long used hidden scoring systems to rank users’ desirability. Tinder made headlines in 2016 when then-CEO Sean Rad revealed to Fast Company that Tinder users were assigned and matched according to an internal “Elo score.” Tinder has since retired the Elo score in favor of an updated algorithm, but it is not the only dating service that issues users an attractiveness rating.

UK-based app Once is one such service. Not only does Once use an attractiveness scale of one to five to guide its matching system, the company recently emailed its users to tell them their scores.

Private School Dating App Toffee Launches In Australia

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Toffee, the UK-based dating app aimed exclusively at privately-educated singles, is beginning its international expansion with Australia. The app was widely criticized as elitist when it launched in the UK last April, but shows no sign of slowing down in the face of controversy. Toffee will become available for Android users in September, followed by the Australia launch in November. Additional international rollouts are planned over the next 12 months.

Founder Lydia Davis insists Toffee was not born out of snobbery. “I’ve found that people from similar backgrounds tend to stick together,” she told Vogue earlier this year. “It was never our intention to be elitist. Schooling is a big part of people’s lives – 10 years of their childhood. It doesn’t define them, but it is part of their identity. It’s just one of many things people might have in common.”

Chinese Tinder Clone Tantan Removed From App Stores For Violations

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Tantan, one of the highest grossing dating apps in the world in the first quarter of 2019, has been removed from Android app stores by order of governmental authorities in China due to a violation of policies. The popular dating app was often referred to as “China’s Tinder” and had been acquired by Momo in May 2018.

The details of the ban are unclear. The official statement from Tantan did not reveal the specific nature of the violations. The company merely said it would cooperate fully with authorities and promised to "conduct a comprehensive internal review of the content in the Tantan mobile app and undertake other measures necessary to stay in full compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.”

New Female-Focused Plum Dating App Aims To Pick Up Where Bumble Leaves Off

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Bumble took the dating industry by storm when it launched in 2014. As a bold departure from its competitors, Bumble required women to make the first move. Founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd made it her mission to create a platform rooted in kindness and respect, where outdated heterosexual norms are challenged and gender equality is championed both online and in the real world. It proved to be a winning formula. Bumble is behind 4 billion swipes and 850 million matches to date, and a rumored IPO could value the company at over $1 billion.

So would you be crazy to take on Bumble in the female-centric dating sphere? Perhaps, but that’s exactly what Jenna Birch and Dave Brandner hope to do with their new dating platform, Plum.

Retro Gaming Icon Atari Invests In LGBTQ Dating App Qutie

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LGBTQ singles can face a challenging dating landscape. Bars aren't always the best place to meet, and though dating apps are an option, many cater to a hookup-oriented market and most focus solely on lesbian women or gay men. Qutie, a up-and-coming app from LGBT Media Inc., hopes to change that - with a helping hand from the iconic entertainment company Atari.

“We created LGBTQutie after being frustrated with the limited options for LGBTQ people looking for relationships, friendships and meaningful connections,” says Qutie’s campaign on StartEngine, an equity crowdfunding platform. “Our app is inclusive of the full spectrum of LGBTQ sexual orientations and gender identities. LGBTQutie is more than just another dating app. We are community-focused and provide users with content that is relevant to them including LGBTQ specific news, blogs and events.”

New Dating App Spottle Matches Through Live Video Chats

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Live video chats might be the future of dating according to recent reports, and new Washington D.C.-based dating app Spottle is betting on it.

The way Spottle works is simple: you download the app, and then you can join live video chat sessions on Thursday and Saturday nights at 9:00pm eastern time. The way it works is like an online “spin the bottle” session according to DCist.com, and also acts much like a virtual speed dating event.