Starting next week, children under the age of 18 will be banned from using the dating app Tinder.
Although children could not be matched with adults, the previous age limit for users was just thirteen years old – younger than the age of consent.
A spokesperson for the company said that protecting youngsters was “the right thing to do”.
In an official statement, Tinder said: “On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences.
“Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users. We believe this is the best policy moving forward. This change will take effect next week.”
In order to sign up to Tinder, users are required to login with their Facebook account, which includes their date of birth and which will now use to make sure the person is old enough to be using the dating app.
Kids aged thirteen and older have been able to sign up to the app since it launched in 2012.
With thirteen being regarded as the ‘age of consent’ people using the internet, it is also the age in which people are legitimately allowed to use Facebook and other social networks.
The change is expected to affect around 3 percent of Tinder’s 50 million users.
The age restriction policy comes after Tinder was widely criticised for allowing children to use the app.
It is also the latest in a number of changes introduced by the dating app, which has also promised to make the app more friendly for transgender people.
Tinder has been credited with revolutionising online dating. Its ease of use, which matches couples based on their physical attraction to one another is seen as a major reason for its popularity.
There is no sign up or monthly fee, you simply register using your Facebook account.
If you like the look of someone tap on the heart icon. If they like the look of you and tap back, then a message dialogue will begin between the two of you. If you don’t like the look of someone simply swipe and move on to the next person.