So minimal that your photo and information is only hosted on the app for an hour at a time; then it’s all wiped away until you make it available again. It’s great that your shameful moment of need isn’t chronicled on the internet for all time and all to see.At the same time, your listing – consisting of up to five pictures, a tagline, and your location – isn’t really around long enough to catch the attention of someone if there’s no one experiencing the same urge as you at the exact same time.Keywords like “pay to play,” “escort” and “sugar daddy” turn up hundreds of users on Ok Cupid and its less-cool corollary, Plenty of Fish.
And Reddit’s /r/okcupid forum is full of stories about “accidental” meet-ups with sex workers — men and women who seemed like run-of-the-mill online daters, until they asked for money.
But location-based apps like Tinder and Grindr — with their frenzied swiping and aura of casual sex — make a particularly good platform for this kind of advertising.
“We review every reported/blocked profile and delete accordingly,” promised Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s spokeswoman.
be a bunch of people on it (mostly guys) who just want to hook up.
The Symantec report, which came out Tuesday, documented a number of scams that many Tinder users have probably swiped-left by before: enticements to chat on sketchy platforms with names like “Slut Roulette,” provocative photos promising dirty acronyms for cash, short-URL advertisements for webcam sites and services that cost absurd amounts of money.