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With Bumble's Private Detector, You Have Control Over Unsolicited Nudes

The scourge of the unsolicited nude photo is over — on Bumble, at least.

We’ve launched a new safety feature, Private Detector, in an effort to better shield our community from harassment via the sending of lewd images.

This latest layer of protection on Bumble is the direct result of feedback from a national survey we commissioned in 2018. The results confirmed that a staggering 1 in 3 women had received an unsolicited nude image at some point in their lives. Of these, 96 percent were unhappy to have been sent the photo in question.

Private Detector works by using A.I. to automatically blur a nude image shared within a chat. It’ll then alert you that you’ve been sent something potentially inappropriate; it’s up to you to decide whether to view or block the image. (You can also easily report the image to Bumble. We don’t tolerate any bad behavior, including obscene photos!)

The Private Detector feature joins a roster of safety initiatives we’ve rolled out in the five years since our founding to help keep you safe while using Bumble Date, Bizz, and BFF. These include a ban on guns and other weapons of violence in profile pictures, a ban on hate speech, and video chat and voice call within the Bumble app so you can meet new people without sharing your phone number or email before you’re ready. (We also use photo verification, because who wants to date a catfish?)

While Private Detector will help keep our community safe from unsolicited nudes within our app, the internet at large can feel like the wild west, with online harassment all but openly tolerated everywhere from social media DMs to AirDrop. What’s more, when we researched the issue, we found there was no legislation in place to deter this sort of digital indecent exposure.

Bumble’s leadership spent the better part of a year working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Texas, our home state, to develop legislation that’d make the unsolicited sending of lewd nude images punishable by law. The measure – House Bill 2789 — passed the Texas Senate unanimously in May, and became law on September 1, 2019. Read more about it here, and watch this space as we continue working to make the online world safer for folks of all genders.