By Liana Finck.
Love In A Covid Climate dating site forum from the Lockdown Sceptics website
Seeking a rebellious mate?
Following criticism at the launch of a dating section on his ‘Lockdown Sceptics’ website…
…site founder Toby Young writes:
After I was contacted by the Evening Standard asking me to comment on the “adverse reaction online”, I had a chat with the Forum moderators.
Should we abandon the whole idea?
Would it be too much work to constantly weed out the pranksters, particularly if “Love in a Covid Climate” attracts a bit of publicity?
They heroically concluded it would not and set to work tidying it up. I can’t promise that no hoaxers will get through from now on, but we should be able to spot them fairly quickly.
Since we cleaned it up “Love in a Covid Climate” appears to have taken off, with plenty of legitimate users now posting messages. And I’m happy to weather the Twitter storm if readers think it’s a useful service.
The most common barbs revolve around the fact that lockdown sceptics are more likely to have the virus than other people, making them extremely unappealing as potential romantic partners.
I even got an email from a reporter at the Guardian asking me to respond to the charge that the forum could spread coronavirus and harm the individuals involved…
“I don’t want a sterile world.”
Cheryl, a photographer from the Cotswolds, England asks covidly: how do you survive ‘without meaning’?
Are Americans ready to trust Facebook with their dating life? Barely more than a month has passed since the U.S. Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook a record $5 billion over its privacy lapses, and imposed a modified corporate structure to hold the company more accountable for its decisions over user privacy.
In the wake of this historic action, Facebook’s brand-new dating product is today launching to all in the U.S., promising to leverage the company’s deep insight into people’s personal data to deliver better matches than rival dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, Match and others.
What could go wrong?
From the first episode of new dating show Pioc do Ride on TG4 last night.
“This is a new dating show where dates are chosen not on personality or looks but on the car that they drive and what’s in it. There’s plenty of mortification and plenty of chuckles.”
Pioc do Ride is on Thursdays, at 10pm on TG4.