Police demand controlling dating apps

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BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 20: Police stand guard as investigators search a property on Aberdeen Road where a 32-year-old man was arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Joanna Yeates on January 20, 2011 in Bristol, England. Joanna Yeates went missing on December 17 after a night out with work colleagues and her body was later found dumped by the side of the road at Longford Lane on Christmas Day. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Dating apps “must take more responsibility” for protecting their users’ safety online, the National Police Chiefs’ Council recalled. Police lead for LGBT issues, Chief Constable jane Sawyers, says apps should come with mandatory safety message for users. Speaking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show, Ms Sawyers said apps “could do more to prevent crimes happening in the first place”. Messages such as “Get to know the person, not the profile” are being suggested in a bid to cut the numbers of dating app related crimes, and warn users to the number of fake profile online. The police chief also admitted there’s a stigma around reporting crimes committed as a result of dating apps. There shouldn’t be any concerns about gay people reporting things to police… we’re not there to judge, what we’re interested in is justice for the individual”, she said.

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