Which raises the question-- should images like these be banned from dating apps?
On the dating app Tinder, users swipe left to "pass" on potential matches and swipe right when they like what they see. One Tinder user we're only identifying by her first name, Nichole-- suddenly found she couldn't swipe any direction while on vacation in San Francisco from Vermont.
A woman named Nichole was banned from Tinder 🔥 & believes some were offended by this photo of her and a deer 🦌 she had hunted for food. Should images like this be banned from dating apps 📱? 5/6pm 📺 pic.twitter.com/jpdldf0qTu— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) February 22, 2019
"I opened up Tinder-- in a few hours I was banned from the platform!" explained Nichole via FaceTime from her New England home.
For Nichole, hunting is a family affair. She believes the images of her with the deer may have offended some Bay Area users.
When she reached out to Tinder to get a better idea of what happened, she says "they responded and said I had violated the terms of service and the community guidelines."
"I cropped it so there were no weapons, no blood-- my family, we are not trophy hunters, we hunt for food. We respect the animal, we respect the outdoors, we eat every part of the deer that we can and only take shots when we feel it's going to be a good shot and it's going to take the animal as quickly and painlessly as possible," says Nichole.
Not only was she permanently banned from the app, a user from San Francisco took his complaint one step further.
"An individual had emailed my employer with screenshots of my profile saying some not nice things," exclaimed Nichole.
When KGO-TV perused the app, they found plenty of images of men posing with their hunted animals, making provocative gestures and more. It appears none of them have been reported for violating Tinder policies.
"It's really about this double standard that exists," Nichole says. "It's a discrimination I have experience with as a female in a male-dominated sport for a long time, which is why it's so important to me to bring light and speak out against this."
A Tinder spokesperson did not answer all of KGO's questions for this story, but sent a statement saying in part, "We have a team dedicated to investigating each report."
Nichole's account "had been reported multiple times...the matter has been resolved and they can now use Tinder."
As for if she wants to jump back in the dating app pool?
"I'm not sure. I'll decide that at a later time," she says.
What Nichole really wants?
"I just want to see some of the standards change. That's what it's really all about."
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