Whitney Wolfe, CEO of dating app Bumble, experienced a huge violation of both privacy and safety along with other members of her staff. Apparently, a neo-Nazi hate group with a misogynic message took offense to the feminist driven design of her company’s software tool.
The hate group, currently monitored by the FBI, responded by publishing identifying contact information for Whitney Wolfe as well as other head members of the staff. They obtained the confidential information via a cyber attack during the summer of 2017. The general idea was to encourage followers to seek out and harass Wolfe and others. For more latest update connect with Whitney Wolfe on Twitter.
As a response, Whitney Wolfe and others have been under bodyguard protection. The main company offices have also employed a full-time security team since then. The entire debacle left Wolfe in a such a state that she was questioning her mental health under such a level of stress.
For those in the dark as to the mechanics of Bumble, the app essentially sports a user interface that requires the fairer sex to make the first move when it comes to heterosexual dating. This means that the guy cannot reach out and simply initiate contact with any female that he so desires. Said female must first notify the app that she likes this user. Only after this is achieved can a man write a message to a woman.
It is through the niche appeal of women making the first move that Whitney Wolfe was able to enter a market where most startups fail and flesh out a respectable amount of success in such a short amount of time. No matter how one feels about Bumble, the idea of a hate/terror organization launching a cyber attack to steal information that can be shared with its cult-like followers to encourage physical attacks of violence should be frightening and surreal. Such an occurrence is all too common in this modern landscape.
Other than a lawsuit with the head of Tinder, who slandered Whitney Wolfe, we don’t hear about her too much in the news. The lawsuit was popular news simply because it was that situation that put her on the path to creating Bumble in the first place.