A 24-year-old model is claiming that several of her profile photos on the dating app Bumble were removed because other users were stealing her photos.
This is at least the second case of a Bumble being accused of deleting even the most appropriate of photos of women, as well as at least the second story about a woman claiming that her image was stolen from her dating profile and then used to catfish people.
Tahlia Paris told The Daily Mail that she joined Bumble after a breakup and created a “PG” and “average” profile. Paris explained that as an Instagram influencer and OnlyFans model, she has trouble finding men who genuinely want to date her. Thus, she deliberately didn’t post any of her modeling shots.
“I tried to keep it very PG and not model-esque at all. I wanted guys to not stop at my profile because I’m a professional model but because I was just another average girl looking to date,” Paris told the Daily Mail. “I even kept my Instagram and everything private and separate from Bumble.”
The photos Paris claims were removed from her profile include one of her on a beach in a bikini, one of her in a floor-length gown at a red carpet event and one of her posing inside of a phone booth in London.
Paris thought that maybe it was the beach picture that had gotten her in trouble, but Bumble’s guidelines clearly state that “swimsuit photos are acceptable if you’re outside by the pool or on the beach as you’re in a natural setting to be wearing a swimsuit.”
“It happened three or four times to different pictures and Bumble only allowed one of my pictures to stay up, which was really hurting my odds in the dating app world,” she explained. “I was on the app for not even a few hours because pictures I tried posting to my profile were removed even though they were normal photos.”
Bumble allegedly told Paris in an email that moderators had removed her pictures, and she speculated that it had to do with people stealing her photos and setting up fake accounts — something she’s experienced on Instagram.
“There are several ‘impersonation’ accounts of me all over Instagram,” she said. “One has nearly half a million followers.”
But Paris, who joined the app to get back into the dating scene, is still upset that her profile has had to suffer.
“I was upset when they closed my account because why should I have to suffer because others have made fake accounts of me?” she said. “For now I’m at a stand-still with dating sadly, but hopefully things will open soon so I can get back out into the normal dating world.”
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