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OkCupid bans white supremacist “for life,” asks daters to report others

August 18th, 2017

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Dating site OkCupid made the unusual move of announcing that it had given a single member a “lifetime” ban on Thursday—and naming him—in order to make a point.

“We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid,” the company wrote at its official Twitter account on Thursday. “Within 10 minutes, we banned him for life.”

Cantwell was the subject of a Vice documentary about the white-supremacist Unite The Right marches in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the past weekend, where he offered numerous racist and threatening comments while acting as a march organizer and riding in a car alongside former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. (“We’re not non-violent,” Cantwell offered at one point in the documentary. “We’ll fucking kill these people if we fucking have to.”)

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Dating site OkCupid removes decade-old workaround for its paid version

July 28th, 2017

Enlarge / OkCupid put blinders on a longtime site feature on Friday. (credit: OkCupid)

On Friday, online dating service OkCupid introduced its biggest change since its 2009 paid “A-List” add-on package. Starting today, the site’s users no longer see a major data point that has been standard for nearly a decade: the “visitors” tab.

“What’s the value of a visitor?” the company wrote in an e-mail to users. “Short answer: zero.” However, that valuation is shaken up by a follow-up sentence, and it may explain why the company made the change. “A person who visits your profile and chooses not to follow up with a ‘like’ or a message probably (read: definitely) isn’t worth your time.”

To understand this “visitor” tab’s potential value, here’s a brief explainer. OkCupid works differently than GPS-fueled dating apps like Tinder, since it’s a product of an older dating-service generation. Its users can sort through potential matches with a variety of metrics, particularly a “match percentage” determined by the site’s questionnaires. The service’s reliance on questions, data, and match metrics (broken down into categories like sex, ethics, and religion) differentiated the service from its ’00s peers (and gives it less of a “hook-up” reputation than the photo- and location-focused Tinder).

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How one man became the perfect match for 30,000 women on OKCupid

April 27th, 2016

Here’s the story of how to turn online dating into a factory whose output consists of churning out soulmates by the tens of thousands.

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