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Dating apps ‘must act’ to stop child sex predators

Tinder: ‘We don’t want minors’ PICTURE: GETTY

DATING apps such as Tinder and Grindr could face government action after a report claimed lax age checks have allowed children as young as eight to be exploited by sexual predators.

Police have investigated more than 30 child rapes and 60 cases of child sex offences via online dating services, including kidnapping and violent sexual assault, The Sunday Times said.

Culture secretary Jeremy Wright described the findings as ‘truly shocking’. He added: ‘I will be writing to these companies asking what measures they have in place to keep children safe, including verifying their age. If I’m not satisfied with their response, I reserve the right to take further action.’

Grindr told The Sunday Times it was constantly working to improve tools ‘to prevent and remove improper underage use of our app’. Tinder said it spends millions ‘to prevent, monitor and remove minors and other inappropriate behaviour,’ adding: ‘We don’t want minors on Tinder.’

The controversy comes after Instagram pledged to ban graphic self-harm images following an outcry over the impact on teenagers’ mental health.