Really feel the Bern? Sanders Backers Banned from Tinder for Campaigning

Stumping for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Tinder is getting some ladies banned from the web courting app after sending marketing campaign messages to potential matches.

Two ladies — one from Iowa and the opposite from New Jersey —confirmed to Reuters on Friday that they acquired notices from Tinder within the earlier 24 hours that their accounts have been locked as a result of that they had been reported too many occasions for peppering males on the location with messages selling Sanders’ candidacy.

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Robyn Gedrich, 23, stated she despatched messages to 60 individuals a day for the previous two weeks making an attempt to influence them to help the U.S. senator from Vermont in his race for the Democratic nomination towards former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Do you are feeling the bern?" her message to different Tinder customers learn, parroting a Sanders marketing campaign slogan. "Please textual content WORK to 82623 for me. Thanks."

Gedrich, an assistant retailer supervisor at retailer Elie Tahari who lives in Brick, New Jersey, stated a textual content would immediate individuals to start out receiving updates from the Sanders marketing campaign, in addition to a hyperlink the place they might enroll and volunteer. She has been unable to signal again into Tinder since logging off on Thursday.

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Haley Lent, 22, a photographer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, informed Reuters in a Twitter message that she additionally received locked out of the app on Thursday night time after sending messages making an attempt to persuade individuals to vote for Sanders the earlier night time.

Lent, who’s married, stated she talked to 50 to one hundred individuals on the app. She had even purchased a Tinder premium membership, which permits customers to vary their location, for a month in order that she might attain individuals in New Hampshire and promote Sanders.

"I might ask them in the event that they have been going to vote of their upcoming primaries," she stated. "In the event that they stated no or have been on the fence, I might attempt to speak to them and persuade them to vote."

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A spokeswoman for Tinder, which is a part of Match Group Inc, owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp , didn’t reply instantly to a request for remark.

The 2 ladies are the not solely ones making uncommon use of Tinder as a marketing campaign device. A Fb group "Bernie Sanders Dank Tinder Convos" has greater than a thousand members.

On Yahoo’s Tumblr microblogging website, a thread titled "Tinder Campaigning, The adventures of a perpetual proper-swiper within the efforts of electing Bernie Sanders" has dozens of conversations referencing Sanders pulled from Tinder. "Swiping proper" is a colloquial reference to approving of a possible match on Tinder.

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Gedrich stated she acquired combined responses from the 300 Tinder customers who replied. "Some individuals would ask what is that this for, and I might type of clarify," she stated. "A few of them would unmatch me or report me as a bot." A bot (or robotic) account is a rip-off profile used to ship spam messages.

Some responses merely learn, "Trump2016," expressing help for Republican candidate Donald Trump, the actual property tycoon. "It was actually alarming to see that lots of people do not know what is going on on on the planet," she stated.

None of her matches resulted in an precise date, she stated.