is trying to make its apps safe spaces for meeting new people, and that extends to real-life meetups. The latest community guidelines (which also apply to and ) take aim at ghosting or people failing to turn up for pre-arranged meetups.
The guidelines “discourage no-show behavior through disallowing the act of not turning up to an in-person meet up despite clear plans agreed by both parties,” Bumble said. It claims its the first dating platform to “take a stance” on users over the issue, noting that according to experts, being stood up or ghosted can “sometimes have a profound impact on a person’s mental health, leading to feelings of depression, anxiety and deflated self-esteem.”
Ghosting and no-showing are now classed as bullying and abusive conduct under the updated policies, but it’s not clear how Bumble plans to enforce rules around the topic outside of users reporting such behavior. Engadget has asked Bumble for clarification.
Victim blaming (such as shaming someone for being a survivor of sexual assault) is outlawed across the three apps as well. Bumble says this is an industry-first measure that’s part of its efforts to foster “a community that is safe and promotes mutual respect.” The updated Violence and Bullying Policy includes clarified language related to the platform’s ban on doxxing.