How to Stay Safe on Bumble
At Bumble, the safety of our community is our highest priority. In the five years since our founding, we’ve introduced a roster of initiatives to help keep you safe while using Bumble Date, Bizz, and BFF.
- a ban on guns and other weapons of violence in profile pictures;
- a ban on hate speech;
- the ability to 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;
- Photo verification, so you can be sure your potential match isn’t a catfish;
- a ‘Private Detector’ feature that automatically blurs lewd images so you can decide if you’d like to see nudes or not.
We also encourage members of our community to be cautious when deciding what personal information to share in your profile. It’s absolutely fine to list your occupation as “account manager” at “tech company” rather than dishing details to people you’ve never met.
Omitting photos that show you in a specific location you frequent (e.g. your go-to dog park or local bar) is another way to practice safe online dating.
Don’t hesitate to use the Block & Report feature in the Bumble app. We have a team of moderators working around the clock to keep out spam, fake profiles, and anyone who violates our community guidelines. All reports are kept completely anonymous, so a reported user will never know who flagged their account. While we may not always be able to share the outcome of a report, you can rest easy knowing that each one is handled by people who care.
We want you to stay safe once you’ve decided to meet your match IRL, too. Here are some tips for meeting a Date, BFF, or Bizz connection for the first time:
- Before you meet, ask your match to get verified using our photo verification feature. If you’d like, use our video chat or voice call feature within the app to “meet” your date without handing out your phone number or email.
- If you decide to take it offline, meet in a public place, like a coffee shop.
- Tell somebody close to you your date’s name, where you’re going, and when, and that you’ll contact them once you’re safely home afterwards.
- Don’t give out private information about yourself right away. Don’t share things like your home or office address right off the bat.
- Always feel free to politely leave the date. If you don’t feel comfortable, it’s always important for you to put yourself first.
- Enlist the help of a bartender or a waiter. Watch your surroundings and find an advocate nearby. Have the waiter help get you out of the situation by saying you have an urgent call. If it’s something more serious, you can always have someone help you get a ride home or call the police.
Bumble is all about safe online dating and has a zero tolerance policy against harassment, sexual abuse, and violence. If you or someone you know has been abused, harassed, or hurt, there are organizations offering confidential support, 24/7. You are not alone, and it is never your fault.
Domestic violence and abuse don’t always look the same, and anyone can be an abuser. There are, however, several warning signs or “red flags” that may help you identify an abusive situation, physical or otherwise. Here’s a helpful list from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Call Love Is Respect, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, at 866-331-9474, text LOVEIS to 22522, or visit LoveIsRespect.org and click ‘Chat Now’ at any time.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.