Dating app executives will meet senior government officials in Sydney today to discuss concerns about sexual violence.
Communications Minister Michelle Rowland will host a national roundtable on online dating safety aimed at improving the safety of Australian users.
In a tweet, Rowland says “Australians deserve to live free from harassment and all forms of violence.”
The Sydney seminar will address research figures, sitting down with representatives from the apps Bumble, Grindr and Tinder.
State and territory ministers will join the discussion, amid calls for the government to toughen laws against criminals who use the apps to abuse victims.
Ms Rowland said she is concerned about “unacceptable levels of abuse and harassment”.
“A key focus of this discussion will be to look at what the industry is doing to prevent abuse of its services by perpetrators, identify what more could be done to improve user security, and consider what additional measures are required by government. and the industry to support it,” he said.
It follows a report from the Australian Institute of Criminology, which highlighted that a third of dating app users have experienced sexual violence in person since 2017.
“In October, the Australian Institute of Criminology published a new report which revealed that three out of four respondents had been victims of some form of sexual violence in the past five years, perpetrated by someone they communicated with a dating app or website.” the government wrote in a statement.
“The national roundtable will bring together stakeholders to examine policy, regulatory and technology settings that can improve protections for those using online dating apps and websites, and stop perpetrators who are determined to exploit these services to cause harm”.
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