Adios, Michael: Bumble bans user after messages to user deemed harassing
AUSTIN, Texas —
Austin-based dating app Bumble has banned a user from its services after they said they received screenshots of the user's allegedly harassing messages to a female user.
The letter, dated Thursday, December 14, 2017, said the user, only identified as Michael, criticized a user for her appearance.
"Who taught you how to talk like that?" writes Bumble. "Do you think that the 'security' of hiding behind a screen gives you permission to degrade people you don't know? Maybe didn't know, but we hold people accountable for their actions."
Per Bumble, those screenshots included Michael criticizing the female user for her appearance.
"Once you were done offering advice on self-development, you decided to hop up on your high horse and assume following all of this, she'd still want to hang out (once she'd put in effort into 'looking tip top')."
Bumble said they "care tremendously about our community and our users' well being. Harassment and misogyny don't belong on Bumble-- and therefore neither do you."
The dating site said Michael claimed his account had been hijacked by his "friends."
The rest of their letter to Michael continues:
Listen, you've caught us in a moment where we are particularly aware of harassment and are ready to stop it dead in its tracks. You see, you attacked someone who belongs to our community, and in doing so you attacked more than just one woman - you ultimately attacked our values and philosophy as a community.
Whatever it is that motivates you to act this way, we encourage you to rewire your thinking, quickly. You claim your friends hijacked your account, and if that's the case you should immediately disassociate from your friend group. Here's a tip: It’s the 21st century. Small minded, sexist, shallow people aren’t welcome in a progressive society anymore, and in the end, only you will lose out. Times are changing, women are speaking up for themselves, and people are no longer going to be getting away with this sort of behavior. Things are getting better, our world is working toward harmony, and you will miss out on all of the incredible beauty equality has to offer.
We're not here to hate you or to punish men as a whole for your immature actions, but we do want to help you to understand how outdated and unacceptable your behavior is.
And while we are at it, we'd like to give a shout out to all of the stand up, good men on Bumble and in our lives. To those good men: Thank you for setting an example, thank you for being decent, thank you for treating the people of our community with respect and kindness. You, along with all of the wonderful people in the world who share the same beliefs, are our motivation to keep working. Because of you, we know there's hope for equality. Because of you, Bumble is a platform to practice compassionate behavior. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to kick a wasp out of the beehive. In no way is this one person’s actions a reflection of you and your standards.
To the brave woman that brought this to our attention: We are so proud of how you’ve stood up for yourself. We know you didn’t want this attention and we hope that this is a reminder to all women (and men) that no one should encounter this sort of degradation. If you do, we encourage you to let us know. We have your back.
Goodbye forever, Michael. You’re officially banned from Bumble. If you begin a journey to self-discovery, we recommend starting it by finding new friends and developing a new outlook on life.
See you never,
NOTE: Bumble was alerted to abuse and sent screenshots of said abuse by one of our users. Bumble did not violate user privacy and has taken blocking steps in congruence with Bumble Terms of Service.