Dating and friendship in the twenty-first century are two things that have come to pass under completely different circumstances. Unlike years past, people no longer have to have awkward conversations over fruity drinks at a sports bar; now, people are free to sip wine from their couches, and embark on relationships through the digital realm.
Whitney Wolfe is an avid supporter of this evolution of relationships, and she is also the founder of a website and mobile app known as “Bumble.” There, a person can contact other people based on pictures, biographies, interests, and location. Whitney Wolfe has amassed a small empire of people looking to make lasting relationships, and prides herself on maintaining an environment of kindness.
Whitney Wolfe was born and raised in Utah, to a salesman and a housewife. She spent her college years at Southern Methodist University, where she focused on International Studies. After graduating, she went abroad to help with international orphanages and homeless children.
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Recently, due to the rise in school shootings in the United States, Wolfe made an executive decision to ban profile pictures in which the person possessing the account is holding any kind of gun. However, Wolfe has also mentioned that people who are competitive sports shooters will be allowed to apply for an appeal to this rule.
This decision was not one made out of spite towards gun owners, nor was it made to further anyone’s political agenda. When Wolfe created the website in 2014, she wanted to foster a new kind of place that people could interact and get to know each other. These new rules will impact over thirty million people who utilize Bumble, and will be enforced by around five thousand moderators within the site. In the interview with the New York Times, Wolfe also mentioned that the way this is handled will be similar to the way they monitor accounts for pictures of suspected nudity. The company has also chosen, like many other companies in the last month, to cut business ties with the National Rifle Association.
This is not the first time that Bumble or Wolfe have come out in support of a nationwide movement- in late 2017, women began taking to social media (including Bumble) to shamelessly share their survival stories of sexual assault. Wolfe openly supported victims, and said that there’s “no room for shaming anyone” anymore.