Dating app Tinder raises users' age limit to 18

Tinder said the change affects less than 3 per cent of its estimated 50 million users around the world.
Tinder said the change affects less than 3 per cent of its estimated 50 million users around the world.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM TINDER WEBPAGE

Dating app Tinder is raising the age limit for its users to 18. Previously, anyone aged 13 and above could use the app.

"On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences. Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users," Tinder said in an official statement to TechCrunch on Thursday (June 9).

The change will take place next week, the company said.

It added: "We've been reviewing this policy since early this year and believe it's the right thing to do."

Tinder said the change affects less than 3 per cent of its estimated 50 million users around the world.

The app has been criticised for allowing those below the age of consent to use its dating service.

However, even with this change, it is possible to use a fake age on the app by changing one's Facebook profile.