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“But, it seems that couldn’t be further from the truth.” When it first came on the scene, Tinder was often used for casual sex because it finds potential matches based on their proximity to you. Recent reports suggest that there are 50 million active users on the dating app, who check their accounts 11 times per day. The app pinpoints your location via GPS, and uses your Facebook information to create your profile. If they take your fancy, you can swipe right to 'like' them. If they ve also 'liked' you it’s a match and you can start messaging.
But the problem is; some of those profiles you're swiping, aren't exactly what they seem.
Lana quickly learnt that, when it comes to identity theft on social networks and dating applications, consumer protection is far more lax than that for lost or stolen credit cards.
And while some social media sites have introduced methods to combat revenge porn - following a new law to criminalise it in England and Wales - it seems that, when it comes to identity theft, the burden of proof lies with the victim.
Lana was told she had to identify the accounts before either social media platform would investigate.
However, as this is an unlikely reality, there are steps you can take to mitigate the risks (even though, really, responsibility shouldn’t lie with the potential victim).
Social media websites change their privacy settings often, so make sure you keep an eye on all updates to policies - this is vital for protecting yourself.