By Anna Iovine
On Thursday, OKCupid announced that it’s rolling out a #BlackLivesMatter badge in a dozen countries. Users can obtain the badge by answering yes to the question, “Do you want to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement by adding a badge to your profile?”
Since badges won’t actually do anything to solve racism, OKCupid has also donated $50,000 to the ACLU, Black Girls Code, Fair Fight Action and the NAACP. The app will also donate a million dollars in advertising space to black civil rights organizations.
In addition to the badge, OKCupid has added matching questions related to racial injustice and inequality. Users can answer whether they protest; whether it’s okay to silently support racial equality; how they plan on addressing racial inequality (say by donating or protesting); and whether they find it important that their date supports racial equality.
In the past week, over 100,000 users have responded to the new questions. The majority said it’s not okay to silently support equality, according to OKCupid’s blog post. Seventy percent are protesting for racial equality.
This isn’t the first time OKCupid has created badges and questions around social justice. They did so with supporting Planned Parenthood 和 marriage equality as well. While the badge could be seen by some as virtual signaling, the questions do allow users to dig deeper into a potential match’s commitment to racial equality — which is a step in the right direction.
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