Boyfriends and girlfriends have come and gone, but my friends with benefits have stood the test of time. That’s longer than I predict my first marriage will last.
And while I can’t imagine being with my Cuba date “for real”—I mean, he’s a low-key homeless anarchist who once took me on date to his Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous meeting; there are red flags—I still value our relationship immensely.
In his breakdown, he discovered the app has a complete lack of encryption, enabling any marginally competent hacker to access usernames, passwords, phone numbers, and even conversations inside the app.
But Salibra also found an equally puzzling set of code: A list of sexually charged phrases like “hookup buddy” and “get a room” had been flagged as “foul.” Users who attempt to enter them in a chat room will receive a warning message, either in Chinese or English depending on the app settings.
“We have a list of sensitive words in the app which we use to remind users to behave in a civilized way.
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Tantan could be attempting to dodge a bullet by appearing to discourage such behavior.
But according to Salibra, in an email exchange Tantan founder Yue Wang said it’s a matter of politeness.
Different apps might censor different words at any given time, using different methods.
So it’s possible that Tantan has additional databases of flagged or banned keywords elsewhere in its stack.