Why This Dating App Have Just Banned Mirror Selfies

Oh look, another picture of a topless guy in bad lighting flexing his muscles in front of a mirror...

Why This Dating App Have Just Banned Mirror Selfies

by Tabi Jackson Gee |
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First impressions mean a lot, especially on dating apps where you see hundreds of faces in a matter of minutes. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll probably have an internal check list of photos you instantly swipe left on (that’s a No swipe, for the uninitiated among you) in order to save some time. Most of the pictures on this No checklist include selfies. Mirror selfies. Lying-in-bed-looking-expectant selfies. Just-hanging-out-pumping-iron-in-the-gym selfies. Call us fussy but when there’s thousands of profiles to get through, a girl's gotta draw the line somewhere.

And according to dating app Bumble, we’re not the only ones. Their data tells them people are most likely to swipe left on mirror selfie pics. And what’s even more interesting is that 86% of reported profiles include mirror selfies. Either, that means a lot of people’s mirror selfies are super offensive… or this suggests that it takes a certain type of dubious character to post mirror selfies in the first place, and that same dubious character conducts themselves in such a way that leads to them being reported. Um, we wonder which it could be...

The company are urging users to behave on the app how they'd behave IRL, in order to stop such questionable behaviour. ‘Imagine Bumble being a restaurant where you can introduce yourself to people who pique your interest' they wrote in a blog post last week.'How would you dress, act, and conduct yourself? How would you want others to dress, act, and conduct themselves? Would you wear only your underwear? Probably not. And you probably wouldn’t feel comfortable walking up to someone in their underwear either.’


Other photo moderation rules outlined by Bumble include no bikinis or swimwear indoors, that your face must be visible, and you should have a picture of you on your own so people know who they’re talking to.

And before you go thinking this is just aimed at protein packed guys with questionable haircuts and leud profiles, Bumble have also stated that they’ve created the rules for everyone ‘no matter your gender, sexual identity or preferences. And yes, these rules apply to everyone, including Victoria’s Secret models and Liam Hemsworth (you know, if things ever go south with Miley…)’

We can live in hope, right?

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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