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Dating app reportedly bans female hunter from platform for posing with prized kill

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Tinder, a dating app, reportedly banned a female hunter for her "offensive" profile picture — which featured her posing with a deer she'd recently shot.

What are the details?

Nichole, an avid hunter identified only by her first name, told KGO-TV that she opened up her app and suddenly discovered that she couldn't use its functionality.

Nichole told the outlet that she posted the photo and several hours later, she was banned from using the platform. Nichole said that when she reached out to the company to inquire about the loss of use, the company told her that she "violated the terms of service and the community guidelines."

"I cropped [the photo] so there were no weapons, no blood — my family, we are not trophy hunters; we hunt for food," she explained. "We respect the animal, we respect the outdoors, we eat every part of the deer that we can, and only take shots when we feel it's going to be a good shot and it's going to take the animal as quickly and painlessly as possible."

In addition to the platform allegedly banning her over the photo, another user reportedly reached out to her employer with a screenshot of her profile, complete with unpleasant remarks.

"An individual had emailed my employer with screenshots of my profile saying some not nice things," she admitted.

The station investigated Nichole's claims, and found that many male hunters were viewable on the site, and did not appear to have limited functionality.

"It's really about this double standard that exists," Nichole said. "It's a discrimination I have experience with as a female in a male-dominated sport for a long time, which is why it's so important to me to bring light and speak out against this."

A spokesperson for the company told the station that the company has a "team dedicated to investigating each report." The spokesperson also noted that the female hunter's account "had been reported multiple times," but noted that "the matter has been resolved and they can now use Tinder."

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