“When I first saw that I could see everybody I was a little bit shocked because I figured that a big app like this would give a little more privacy than that, especially considering when first signing up they make a big deal about no one on Facebook being able to see that you are using this app," one user told Business Insider.
Tinder hastily added an addendum to its blog post to clarify the privacy of Tinder Social.
Tinder Social, as it’s being called, is currently being tested in Australia, but it will be rolled out internationally in the future.
Instead of one-on-one dating, the new feature requires you to gather a group of your Tinder-using friends, and swipe through other groups of Tinder-using friends, until you find a match.
“You can then chat with your group matches or see their status to find out what they’re up to and where everyone’s headed," Tinder explains in a blog post.
When someone adds you to their list to make a group for Tinder Social, others can see you in the group, and can see that you’re an active Tinder user.
For some people, this might not be a big deal, but it’s easy to see how it could cause some issues.
If you’re in a relationship and don’t use Tinder anymore, for example, but you haven’t deleted your account, your profile still very much exists, even if you’ve deleted the app from your phone.
Others, understandably, have a reasonable expectation of privacy and want the dating app to value discretion.
"Whether you’re looking for groups you share common interests with, or you’re looking for a completely new adventure, Tinder Social is a better way to go out with friends," the post continues.
It’s unclear what the “new adventure” is that Tinder refers to—perhaps it looks like two groups of friends uncomfortably standing around at a bar, every person individually swiping through Tinder on their own phone and not speaking.
Early Tinder Social users have made a discovery even more uncomfortable than the premise of going on a group date with a bunch of people you and your friends collectively deemed passable on Tinder: the group feature shows a list of your Facebook friends that use Tinder, and lets you see their profiles.
Business Insider talked to some early Tinder Social users who said the feature isn’t opt-in—it’s automatically activated.