Users can still send and receive words that are marked as offensive.
A pound-for-pound copy of Tinder, Tantan lets users make friends or meet potential partners by swiping left or right at a set of photos, and enabling two-way chat for every mutual match.
While it might help facilitate one-night stands, Tantan is not immune to China’s internet censorship.
We can speculate as to why Tantan implemented the warning system.
It might be designed to pre-emptively appease Chinese authorities.
But according to Salibra, in an email exchange Tantan founder Yue Wang said it’s a matter of politeness.
“We have a list of sensitive words in the app which we use to remind users to behave in a civilized way.
Keyword censorship is not uniform across China’s apps and websites.
Different apps might censor different words at any given time, using different methods.
Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Larry Salibra reverse-engineered the app using XCode, Apple’s developer kit.
In his breakdown, he discovered the app has a complete lack of encryption, enabling any marginally competent hacker to access usernames, passwords, phone numbers, and even conversations inside the app.
Unfortunately some guys do not know how to talk to girls and need some friendly reminders.” Indeed, for women who lament how Tinder and its ilk can bring out the worst in men, a little light censorship might be welcome.