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Dating app to utilise tech that detects nude images

Dating app Bumble is adding artificial intelligence (AI) technology that is able to securely detect most nude images being sent to others and hide them from view. (Lauren Hurley/PA)
Dating app Bumble is adding artificial intelligence (AI) technology that is able to securely detect most nude images being sent to others and hide them from view. (Lauren Hurley/PA)

By Jamie Harris

Dating app Bumble is adding artificial intelligence (AI) technology that is able to securely detect most nude images being sent to others and hide them from view.

Starting in June, a Private Detector feature will use AI machine learning to scan through images in real time, automatically blurring any inappropriate photos and alerting the end user, with an option to open the image or block it.

The app, which only allows women to make the first contact with matched men, is making the move in a bid to improve safety for its five million UK users and 55 million globally.

It will be capable of detecting images with 98% accuracy, the company said.

"The safety of our users is without question the number one priority in everything we do and the development of Private Detector is another undeniable example of that commitment," explained Andrey Andreev, co-founder of Bumble, who will roll the feature out to other dating apps Badoo, Chappy and Lumen, which he also owns.

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