When reached for comment this morning, a Tinder spokesperson told Thrillist the following (emphasis mine):
"[W]e were saddened to see that the article didn’t touch upon the positive experiences that the majority of our users encounter daily. Our intention was to highlight the many statistics and amazing stories that are sometimes left unpublished, and, in doing so, we overreacted."
Well. Yeah. I've asked a follow-up question ("Can you offer any additional statistics on Tinder's users in China or North Korea?") and will update this story if they respond.
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I reached out to the author for a comment, and she referred me to the magazine's publicist, who has not responded. If and when the publicist gets back to me, I'll update the story.