Tinder Reporting: One Knows You Reported Them?

Here’s how someone would know if you report them on Tinder:

Tinder does not inform users when you report them, and the company is committed to protecting your privacy throughout the reporting process.

If the person you are reporting is dangerous or performing illegal activities, you should also report them to law enforcement.

So if you want to learn all about how someone would know if you report them on Tinder, then you’re definitely in the right place.

Let’s get started!

Tinder Reporting: One Knows You Reported Them? (All Info)

Do Violators Know If You Report Them on Tinder?

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Let’s not waste any time.

If you report someone on Tinder, the app will not inform that person.

In fact, Tinder has a very clear policy on this matter, and it’s easy to understand.

When you report a user, that user is not told anything specific that is included in your report.

Your name, account information, and even the exact wording in the report will not be shared with the other person. 

That said, if Tinder takes some kind of disciplinary action as a follow-up to a report, they might inform the user as to why that action is being taken.

But, that communication still won’t include your name or exactly what you said.

Here’s an example.

Let’s make up a user named Bob.

You’re reporting Bob for harassment.

If Tinder decides that Bob needs to have his account suspended as a result of your report, then Bob will be told that his account is being suspended, and he might even be told that it is for harassment.

He won’t be told that you reported him or what you said in your report.

How Does Tinder Reporting Work? (4 Steps)

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This might make even more sense if we go through the reporting process on Tinder.

Like any connection app, it provides an easy way for you to report users when you think they are violating the community guidelines.

I’ll continue using harassment as an example, but there are plenty of other reasons to report someone including hate speech, violence, spam, and more.

So, if our made-up user, Bob, is harassing you, this is what the reporting process is like.

#1 Report Button

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Now that Bob is harassing you, you need a way to initiate a report with Tinder.

That starts with finding the report button.

Go to Bob’s profile.

If you scroll down, you’ll see a button that says “Report.”

Tap it.

This will pull up a report screen, and it will walk you through the process.

You can choose why you are reporting Bob (in our example, you will select harassment).

You can also add comments after you go through the prompts.

When you’re done, the report is automatically, digitally sent to a Tinder team that will take things from there.

#2 Trust & Safety Team

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Ok. At this point, the report is out of your hands, and Tinder is taking care of it.

In case you weren’t following the links, Tinder does recommend that you block users when you report them.

That will mitigate Bob’s ability to continue harassing you.

But, that’s not at all the end of the story.

The report will be viewed by members of the Trust & Safety Team.

Tinder claims to take these kinds of reports very seriously, so they will likely review any in-app communication between you and Bob.

If they find that Bob broke the rules, they’ll take action.

In most cases, disciplinary action involves suspending or deleting a Tinder account.

Regardless, the outcome for Bob largely depends on the decision made by the Trust & Safety Team.

At the same time, you will receive an email from the team (it’s typically an automated email) giving you access to communication with people at Tinder.

Tinder does take safety pretty seriously, so they’ll want to provide you with a way to update them and generally keep in touch about the situation.

#3 Community Guidelines

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While the Trust & Safety Team is deciding Bob’s fate, they primarily go off of the established Tinder community guidelines.

These are available to all users on the app. I’ve also linked them in a previous section.

The gist of the guidelines is to not be obnoxious on the app.

Also, the guidelines clearly state that the company won’t tolerate anyone using the app for illegal purposes.

Going back to our harassment example, it’s plainly stated in the guidelines that harassment is not ok.

So, in this case, it’s really a matter of whether or not Tinder agrees that Bob is harassing you.

It’s not a terribly difficult case to make.

Tinder can see all of the communications between you and Bob on the site.

So, if he’s harassing you, they have everything they need to put a stop to it.

Stepping away from that example, if Bob is instead doing something clearly dangerous or illegal, Tinder might involve law enforcement.

You can involve law enforcement too, and we’ll talk about that more in a bit.

#4 Follow-Up

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I mentioned this before, but it’s important to clarify.

When you report Bob, you’re going to get an automated email.

It’s important to know that you CAN respond directly to that email, and you will be in touch with a member of the Trust & Safety team.

You are allowed to follow up on the case and see what happens.

That said, privacy protection is a two-way street.

Depending on the circumstances, Tinder may or may not tell you what they do with Bob.

Certainly, they’ll tell you that they are investigating and/or intervening, but they might not give you the specifics.

It really depends on the situation and what the team decides.

Whatever they decide, part of the reason you have access to follow up on Bob is so you can tell Tinder if the bad behavior is continuing or escalating.

They want to know about that, so keep them in the loop.

What Should You Do if You Think You Are in Danger? (2 Courses of Action)

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Up to this point, we’ve been using harassment as an example, but sometimes, things are worse than simple online harassment.

Some violations can be so outright dangerous that you need to take immediate action.

There are two things you can do when this happens.

#1 Talk to the Police

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If you think that Bob is a danger to you or anyone in your life, then skip right past reporting him to Tinder.

Go straight to the police and report the incident.

It’s important to understand that Tinder only has power over the Tinder app.

No one on that team can help you in other situations.

That’s what law enforcement is for, so let them know about the situation and work with them to resolve the dangerous situation.

#2 Also Talk to Tinder

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Since you already looped law enforcement into dealing with Bob, you can also inform Tinder.

The Trust & Safety team really does want to help in the ways that they can.

They will partner with the police (if the police ask them to). 

Tinder also has access to support specialists who can help you cultivate more options to improve your safety and deal with the mental stress that may come with the whole situation.

So, use the resources available for whatever they are worth.


  • Theresa McDonough

    Tech entrepreneur and founder of Tech Medic, who has become a prominent advocate for the Right to Repair movement. She has testified before the US Federal Trade Commission and been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, helping influence change within the tech industry.

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