Whitney Wolfe Stands Strong Against Backlash Of Bumble’s Ban On Gun Images
The founder and chief executive officer of the dating app Bumble, says that a decision to ban images of guns on the app following the shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, to cause many users to grow quite angry with her and the company. So much so, that police was needed at the company’s office for a number of weeks after the ban.
Ms. Wolfe, while recently speaking with Joanna Coles of Hearst Magazine, says that she has personally received a bunch of threatening emails that contained vulgar words and images and that her staff has been harassed repeatedly.
Whitney Wolfe explained that not all within the ranks at Bumble were happy with the decision but despite that fact she is confident in the stance she has taken. The passion Ms. Wolfe feels for the matter is obvious when she explains that the romanticizing of a weapon that costs so many people there lives for no reason is not in line with the brand values of her company.
Ms. Wolfe previously worked for Tinder where she was the vice-president of marketing. Her time at Tinder did not end on happy terms as she was forced to file both discrimination and sexual harassment charges against the company. After settling the dispute for an undisclosed amount, Whitney Wolfe set out to begin a dating platform of her own that would be female-friendly and disallow the normal abuse and harassment associated with dating sites.
In two years time, the vision Whitney Wolfe had for her company may have even exceeded her own confident expectations and the company grew to include 10 million users of their app.
About Whitney Wolfe
Whitney Wolfe is a 28-year-old entrepreneur from Austin, Texas with a successful background in marketing. The company has exploded with growth and Ms. Wolfe was named to the 30 Most Important Women Under 30 list by Business Insider magazine.
Wolfe was also named as Elle’s woman in tech and a top 15 Female Entrepreneur to watch out for and has been featured on Fast Company, Forbes, and Wired UK.
Whitney Wolfe’s Social Media: twitter.com/whitwolfeherd?lang=en