‘Race filters’ on apps and coded compliments make online dating hard for people of colour

When Aditi matched Alex on Tinder, she wasn’t expecting much. She had swiped through a lot of men in her three years of using the app. But when she walked into a south London pub for their first date, she was surprised at how genuinely nice he was.

She never imagined that four years on they would be engaged and planning their wedding during a pandemic.

Aditi, from Newcastle, is of Indian heritage and Alex is white. Their story is not that common, because dating apps use ethnicity filters, and people often make racial judgements on who they date.

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