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Gay dating app Chappy changes survey after ageism accusations

June 29, 2018

Chappy founder, Ollie Locke

A popular gay dating app was forced to correct its survey after it prevented users over 50 from filling out the form.

Chappy, the Tinder-style app allowing users to choose between ‘Mr Right’ and ‘Mr Right Now’, launched a survey to ask daters what it thought of the service.

But those over 50 were automatically prevented from taking part, leading to accusations of ageism.

Sam Dumas, Chappy’s head of brand told Gay Star News: “We take full responsibility for this admin error and the survey has now been amended accordingly.”

“Chappy is a dating app that welcomes all users over 18,” he added.

One of the first questions on the now-corrected survey asked users for their ages. But when entering a value over 50, a text-box told users: “Please enter a value between 18-50.”

The survey was being managed by Typeform, a company which specialises in online form building.

The app was founded by former Made in Chelsea star, Ollie Locke and business partner Jack Rogers.

It aims to challenge the ‘hook-up’ culture of apps like Grindr, by offering users choice between casual flings and serious dating.

Its name is a cross between ‘happy’ and ‘choice’. Users have to be verified through Facebook, and only pictures featuring a person’s face are allowed on the app.

More: ageism, chappy, gay dating apps, ollie locke

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