- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2016

Wait, what?!

That’s probably the reaction many are having as they learn that Tinder will no longer permit high-school kids from registering with the site.

The popular dating and “hookup” app — which has a feature for locating the nearest STD testing center — had been available for minors, but that’s about to change, TechCrunch reported Wednesday, citing “a statement from Tinder VP of Communications Rosette Pambakian.”

“On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences,” the company said. “Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users. We believe this is the best policy moving forward. This change will take effect next week.”

Tinder was in the news in May for an incident where a 30-year-old Kansas man allegedly used the smartphone app to procure a victim whom he kidnapped and battered, holding her nearly a week before returning her home.

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