- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The popular dating app Tinder has admitted it overreacted Tuesday when it went into an hours-long Twitter rant against a Vanity Fair author who criticized its dating culture.

“While reading a recent Vanity Fair article about today’s dating culture, we were saddened to see that the article didn’t touch upon the positive experiences that the majority of our users encounter daily,” a representative told E! News. “Our intention was to highlight the many statistics and amazing stories that are sometimes left unpublished, and, in doing so, we overreacted.”

Tinder’s social media team posted more than 30 tweets Tuesday in response to Nancy Jo Sales’ article, “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse.’” In the article, Ms. Sales writes that Tinder has helped millions of people use “their phones as a sort of all-day, every-day, handheld singles club, where they might find a sex partner as easily as they’d find a cheap flight to Florida.”

Tinder responded sarcastically: “Little known fact: sex was invented in 2012 when Tinder was launched.”

“[W]e have lots of data. We surveyed 265,000 of our users. But it doesn’t seem like you’re interested in facts,” Tinder tweeted. “It’s disappointing that @VanityFair thought that the tiny number of people you found for your article represent our entire global userbase.”

“Next time reach out to us first @nancyjosales… that’s what journalists typically do,” Tinder tweeted.

Ms. Sales responded: “[N]ot clear: are you suggesting journalists need your okay to write about you?”

“We’re saying we appreciate journalists who uphold their obligation to fair reporting,” Tinder replied.

“Tinder users are on Tinder to meet people for all kinds of reasons. Sure, some of them — men and women — want to hook up,” the company continued. “Just like in real life. And in the many years that existed before Tinder.”

“If you want to try to tear us down with one-sided journalism, well, that’s your prerogative,” Tinder added. “Instead, your article took an incredibly biased view, which is disappointing.”

Ms. Sales appeared to laugh off the attacks.

“My article isn’t even about @Tinder lol,” she wrote.

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