It’s hard to single out the most gut-wrenching scene in Four Corners‘ Monday expose of the way dating apps, Tinder in particular, capitalise on women being abused and predators getting away with it.

The testimonies of young women who discussed their horrifying rapes, and who revealed the lack of support or action to catch the perpetrators, left no doubt the wealthy businesses behind the apps are complicit.

Tinder and other dating apps are not making women's safety part of the business model ... quite the opposite.

Tinder and other dating apps are not making women’s safety part of the business model … quite the opposite.Credit:Jim Malo

Those women speaking of their sexual degradation and terror, and the insult of receiving nothing more than a pro-forma reply when they reported the crime, made for harrowing viewing.

The grief of the parents of a young woman so distressed by her assault by a serial Tinder rapist that she took her own life was a graphic example of how women’s vulnerability is being monetised without care for the potentially terrible consequences.

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