We obviously want to present the best version of ourselves when dating online but, when a person’s pictures are hidden behind cat snouts, rabbit ears or a slice of bread (you know the one), it can become a tad tricky to decipher what the person actually looks like. That’s why Plenty of Fish has taken action against the trusty filters we all know and love.
“As of today, images on Plenty of Fish that contain face filters will be moderated and removed,” Plenty of Fish announced via a statement on its website. “So it’s time to head over to your profile and make sure it’s officially filter-free.”
The dating site had interviewed 2,000 lovely singletons over in the United States and found that up to “70% of singles consider the use of [a] face filter to heavily alter someone’s appearance to be deceptive.”
A quarter of respondents also said their first thought, upon seeing a face filter on a profile, was that the person is insecure. Ouch.
The singles were also asked which filters they despised the most and, unsurprisingly, the dog filter came in at numéro uno, followed by the good ol’ bunny and fake glasses.
Plenty of Fish is certainly the first site to crack down on filtered images and is sure to set a precedent for other dating apps. Given that Tinder and OkCupid are owned by Match Group, the same company that owns and operates Plenty of Fish, it’ll be interesting to see if they follow suit.
Well, I guess it’s time to whip out those vague group shots instead.Image: Plenty of Fish