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Here's How Bumble's New Feature Is Safeguarding Its Users Against Romance Scams

The Deception Detector feature leverages AI technology to identify and block fake and scam profiles.
Cover Image Source: Bumble | Getty Images | Photo by Yu Chun Christopher Wong
Cover Image Source: Bumble | Getty Images | Photo by Yu Chun Christopher Wong

AI has become an indispensable tool from website development and coding to app creation, speech recognition, and machine vision. Even dating apps have ventured into this realm, exploring new horizons. With scams already plaguing the online dating landscape, the incorporation of AI has further heightened the risks. Users of platforms like Bumble have raised questions about the authenticity of their matches, casting doubt on whether they are genuine connections or merely AI-generated profiles.

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Bumble, like many other companies, is using AI to enhance the overall user experience of its app. Previously, the company had introduced "Bumble For Friends," featuring an AI-generated conversation starter tool to foster meaningful interactions among users. The platform has also recently launched "Best Bees," an AI algorithm designed to enhance content curation for its members.

One particular addition was the introduction of the "Deception Detector" feature, which leveraged AI technology to identify and block fake and scam profiles. According to data provided by the company, this implementation resulted in the automatic blocking of 95% of fake profiles, leading to a significant decrease of 45% in reports of spam accounts.

“Deception Detector introduces a fast, reliable machine learning-based model to assess the authenticity of profiles and connections on Bumble Inc.’s platforms," Bumble said in a release.

However, despite these efforts to improve user safety, the response from users did not align with the app's expectations. In a recent survey conducted by Bumble, it was revealed that almost 46% of users expressed an unspoken anxiety regarding the authenticity of their matches, with concerns about scams topping the list.

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Image Source: Unplash | Photo by Good Faces Agency

Following the introduction of the Deception Detector feature, users have urged Bumble to implement additional security measures to enhance the overall safety and security of the app. Meanwhile, a report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) highlights a concerning trend in the rise of romance scams, with victims collectively having lost an estimated $1.3 billion. This calls for heightened vigilance and preventative measures to protect users from financial losses.

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Lidiane Jones, CEO of Bumble Inc., said, "Deception Detector is our latest innovation in ensuring that connections made on our apps are genuine. With trust being more paramount than ever in the AI era, we remain steadfast in our mission to empower women and cultivate equitable relationships online."

“With a dedicated focus on women's experience online, we recognize that in the AI era, trust is more paramount than ever. We are being thoughtful about how to best use new models to reduce the anxiety of making connections and support our community, with AI standing as a main area of focus,” she added.

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The Deception Detector feature has been implemented across Bumble, Badoo, and Bumble For Friends platforms, reaching users worldwide. Moreover, on Monday, Tinder announced new user warnings tailored for its primary user demographic, aged 18-25, to promote appropriate behavior and offer opportunities for corrective actions.