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Australia orders dating apps to clean up act as 3 in 4 users face sexual violence

The likes of Tinder, Bumble and Hinge have been given until June 30 to develop a voluntary code of conduct that addresses safety concernsIt follows research that found three-in-four Australian users of dating apps or websites had experienced some form of sexual violenceAustraliaAssociated PressPublished: 3:02pm, 18 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Australia’s government said on Monday the online dating industry must improve safety standards or be forced to make changes through legislation, responding to research that says three-in-four Australian users suffer some form of sexual violence through the platforms.

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said popular dating companies such as Tinder, Bumble and Hinge have until June 30 to develop a voluntary code of conduct that addresses user safety concerns.

The code could include improving engagement with law enforcement, supporting at-risk users, improving safety policies and practices, and providing greater transparency about harms, she said.

But, Rowland added, if the safety standards are not sufficiently improved, the government will use regulation and legislation to force change.

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