Popular dating site OKCupid, where people come to find love, just made the country fall in love with them by banning a known white supremacist “for life.”
The dating site also requested its users to identify and report other members who may be part of hate groups.
Remember Chris Cantwell? He was the white supremacist who was featured in Vice’s mini-documentary of the violence in Charlottesville. He later released a video of himself crying uncontrollably and claiming to fear for his life.
Cantwell further claimed he didn’t play a role in the violence at the Unite the Right rally, explaining how he and the other racist participants took every measure to keep the demonstration “peaceful” and blaming their “enemies” for the violence and tragedy that followed.
The same Cantwell was also a member of OkCupid, but as soon as the dating service website learned about him being a member on their platform, they got rid of him — forever.
“We were alerted by another dater on OkCupid who had been contacted by Cantwell recently,” Melissa Hobley, a spokeswoman for the site, told HuffPost. “We wasted no time — we quickly verified that it was indeed him and shut down his account.”
We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid. Within 10 minutes we banned him for life.— OkCupid (@okcupid) August 17, 2017
The site also tweeted that it had “banned him for life,” asserting there was “no room for hate in a place where you’re looking for love.”
There is no room for hate in a place where you're looking for love.— OkCupid (@okcupid) August 17, 2017
They also asked its users to identify all those members who are part of any hate groups.
If any OkCupid members come across people involved in hate groups, please report it immediately https://t.co/K6PTo8Rtlr— OkCupid (@okcupid) August 17, 2017
"We’ve been public about kicking Cantwell off of OkCupid because of our responsibility to be clear about the human values of our community — who we’re for and the kind of person to person interaction we stand for," OkCupid CEO Elie Seidman told Mashable. "The formula for this one was easy: 'Nazi or supremacist = bad.'”
And people fell in love with OkCupid for this act of speaking out against hate speech.
"There is no room for hate when you're looking for love." OkCupid gets a gold star for the day https://t.co/ifMcWEmYcX— klarize medenilla (@klarize) August 17, 2017
ok cupid you win this round https://t.co/UwbtqHvHMm— i'm camille! (@_girltype) August 17, 2017
Thank you, and keep up the good work.— Resistor (@liberalinsf) August 17, 2017
Single women all over the world thank you!!!— Cassandra (@CassJSpring) August 17, 2017
you only need the first six words. #ThereIsNoRoomForHate— Donald Barnett (@1dablldoit) August 18, 2017
Cantwell was banned from Facebook previously. He had a page for promoting his podcast, which was also banned.
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