‘Not the place for sex work’: Tinder’s removing promotional bio links


Tinder is removing social media handles from people’s profiles, in an attempt to crack down on the app being used for promoting businesses and linking to subscription sites such as OnlyFans.

The move will mean that you can’t directly promote your Twitter, Instagram, or OnlyFans pages on your Tinder profile, although you’ll still be able to integrate your Instagram feed into your profile, as before.

Promoting sex work is not allowed on Tinder, although sex workers have used the app to meet potential clients or send them to their paid platforms. The social media handle ban could potentially reduce this kind of behavior in the app.


Announcing the update to its community guidelines, Tinder said that the app was “not a place to promote businesses to try making money. Members shouldn’t advertise, promote, or share social handles or links to gain followers, sell things, fundraise, or campaign… to help combat this, Tinder will remove social handles from public bios.”

The app’s chiefs added: “Tinder isn’t the place for any sort of sex work, escort services, or compensated relationships. So, no – don’t use Tinder to find your sugarmamma.”

In other dating app news, a Tinder-like app designed to match up car lovers is set to launch soon. Speed Dating promises to “shift your love life into gear” by facilitating chats about carburetors and bumpers, and lets users list their current car as part of their profile.

A different demographic will be served by the imminent launch of WidowsFire, an app for widows looking for sexual encounters set to go live in June 2023. The app is from the same team behind Chapter 2, a dating app for widows with less focus on hooking up.

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Jamie F
Jamie F

Jamie is a freelance writer, contributing to outlets such as The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, CNN and Vice, among others. He is also the creative force behind the Audible podcast Beast Master.

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