Bumble’s Gun Ban — Your Questions Answered
Bumble recently banned images of guns from our platform. We know some of our users have questions about this decision. Here, we answer the most common ones.
I don’t want to match with someone who owns or likes guns. How do I protect myself if I’m unable to see that they have them in their photos?
We encourage Bumble users to get to know one another and understand each other’s core values before meeting in person. If you’re opposed to guns, perhaps include that in your profile, or mention it in conversation.
How can I express my interests in hunting or going to shooting ranges?
You can include these hobbies, and any others, in the ‘About’ section of your profile to help potential connections get to know you better. You can also link your Instagram account to your Bumble profile, which will allow you to display up to 24 of your photos (but not your Instagram name or bio, so your privacy will be protected).
I’m not a violent person, so why can’t I have a gun in my profile?
You have a right to own a gun, and we aren’t banning gun users from Bumble. However, as mass shootings continue to devastate communities across the country, we aren’t willing to showcase guns on our platform. Guns simply don’t align with our values of kindness, respect, equality and empowerment. As our founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd told Time: “We want women — and men — to feel comfortable, to feel safe and feel secure. Weapons don’t send that message.”
We’re here to help make introductions, and you wouldn’t meet a potential date, new friend, or business contact while holding a gun.
What about users in rural areas where hunting and gun ownership are part of the culture?
Bumble was born in, and is headquartered in, Texas. We have colleagues with family members who are NRA supporters. But we also have colleagues who have been affected by gun violence, as well as intimate partner violence and domestic abuse — both of which intersect dangerously with gun use.
Online behavior can both mirror and predict how people treat each other in the real world. Bumble has a responsibility to our users and a larger goal to encourage accountability offline.
Aren’t you worried about losing users?
We’ve been encouraged by the overwhelming support we’ve received to date, including from the brave survivors of the Parkland school shooting. (We’ve donated $100,000 to the March for Our Lives, and support their right to an education free of gun violence.)
We will always put our values above our bottom line.