‘It’s polarizing’

Founder of popular dating app faces death threats from men after implementing photo rule change

Whitney Wolfe Herd (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Ozy Fusion Fest 2017)

American entrepreneur Whitney Wolfe Herd has reportedly been facing death threats since her decision to ban images of guns from her dating app, Bumble, in wake of numerous school shootings.

“It’s polarizing and we had to have police at our office for several weeks,” said Herd during a panel at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Monday. “I was getting emails saying, ‘I’m gonna show my Glock and my you know what [genitals]’ with literally a picture of the Glock and the other thing. It was, ‘We’re coming for you, we know where your office is.’ Our team members were getting harassed. It’s been really wild.”

Wolfe, a Texas native, added that she knew going in that barring images of guns would “[piss] a lot of people off.”

“We have a lot of people on our team that are responsible gun owners. I’m from Texas … Our brand values are equality, empowerment, kindness and accountability. Do guns fit that bill? No. The majority of women that die from domestic abuse a year are from guns. So why would we want to romanticize that?” she said.

Wolfe also addressed her sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against Tinder, as well as the impact of the cultural “tidal wave” caused by the #MeToo movement.

Read the full story at The New York Post.


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