My Move: Tinder launches extra control for women in India

NEW DELHI: Tinder on Tuesday launched a new opt-in setting called “My Move” that allows women the choice to exclusively send the first message to their matches. The feature is currently available in India.

With the new feature, women in India to choose in their settings that only they can start a conversation with a male match after both have approved each other with Tinder’s swiping function. Normally, the app gives both parties to a successful match - where both have swiped yes on the other’s photograph - the right to text each other immediately.

Tinder has been testing the function in India for several months and plans to spread it worldwide if the full rollout proves successful. Rival dating-app Bumble already only allows the female party to a heterosexual match to start conversations.

An emerging class of young, well-to-do Indians in cosmopolitan cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai have made the country Tinder’s largest market in Asia. The company also says it is the “chattiest” globally, with users using the in-app messaging feature more than any other country.

Taru Kapoor, General Manager for Tinder owner Match Group in India, told Reuters the function had been pioneered in India because of Tinder’s need to attract more women to the app by making them feel more comfortable and secure.

“We’re a platform based on mutual respect, consent, and choice,” she said.

“(Users) can shape their own destiny, connect with people they feel comfortable with and at all points of time, feel in control. Our users have the autonomy, especially women have the autonomy, on how to be engaged, to be empowered, to control their experience.”

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