"There's a very limited representation of bodies when it comes to media in general, especially when it comes to women" she says.
"Online dating is like a shopping catalogue, which seems to make people more critical," says Emily Ho, a body-positive fitness blogger and social media strategist.
Ho met her first husband the "traditional" way — in person, long before dating apps were a thing.
So we spend a huge amount of time deliberating how we can make Ok Cupid better at highlighting your passions, your beliefs, and your interests.".
Bumble publicly shamed a man who was sending lewd messages to women on the company's blog last summer.
Not to mention, apps enter thorny territory simply by doing their job: connecting users with matches they're legitimately interested in.
For instance, the way Ok Cupid calculates compatibility between users is by having them answer Match Questions and then rate those questions by how important they are to them.This may sound like pure optics, but apparently it's working: "Since we launched the pledge, we've seen decreases in harassment, both from reports and our machine-learning technology that detects harassing language," says Melissa Hobley, the chief marketing officer of Ok Cupid."We know that women in particular are really frustrated at how dating apps are set up to be incredibly focused on appearance.These changes point to an understanding on the part of app developers about how harassment affects some of its users, particularly those who are plus-size.Unfortunately, small tweaks to interfaces can only do so much if all users don't play by apps' often easy-to-break rules.Dating apps don't exist in a vacuum — they're essentially just digital platforms where society's existing views on bodies play out.