Whitney Wolfe never expected to reach the online notoriety that she has, and she wishes that it wasn’t in the way that she has. The founder of the feminist dating app Bumble has been in the public eye since she left Tinder after being the alleged victim of sexual harassment at the company. The alleged perpetrator of the incidents was her ex-boyfriend and former boss who would call her derogatory names while harassing her through text messaging.
This wasn’t enough to stop Whitney Wolfe and she continued on with her spirit of entrepreneurship by creating Bumble. With the help of a few friends, the app that has now reached users across the world has helped women initiate the conversation with potential partners instead of waiting for them. It is truly an app with feminism in mind. Read this article of Whitney Wolfe at Deadline
Unfortunately, there are many people that have a problem with her style of feminism. Whitney Wolfe recently found herself the target of neo-nazis who released the information of herself and many other women at the company on the internet. Their names, faces, and phone numbers were posted all over some of the darker parts of the internet and people were encouraged to take down the staff due to their feminist status.
The attack took place shortly before the infamous neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville that made headlines across the world. After receiving numerous threats of death and sexual attacks, Whitney Wolfe no longer felt safe. She hired bodyguards and increased the security presence at the offices of Bumble to keep herself and the staff safe from attack. While the website where the information was initially posted was taken down by the FBI, the damage was already done. The data had already propagated across the internet and was seen by thousands of people that didn’t have the best intentions.
The incident has affected the anxiety of Whitney Wolfe, but she knows that she must keep pushing forward. Despite being offered hundreds of millions for the company by Match, she decided not to sell. She is doing everything that she can to ensure that both her mental health and company are doing well.
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