The company Match Group, owner of the relationship app Tinder, announced this Tuesday (2) that it will stop its activities in Russia and leave the country’s market until June 30, 2023.
“We are committed to protecting human rights. Our brands are taking steps to restrict access to their services in Russia and will complete their exit from the Russian market by June 30, 2023,” says the company’s annual report.
In addition to Tinder, Match Group also owns other similar platforms such as Match.com, Meetic, OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyOfFish, Ship and OurTime. The chief executive of Friends Fiduciary Corp, a shareholder in Match Group, quoted by the news agency Reutersdeclared that the company had good reason to leave Russia.
“It’s not good for a trusted brand to continue operating in a country whose boss has been indicted by the International Criminal Court,” he said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In March 2022, dating services Bumble, Badoo and Fruitz had already announced the end of operations in Russia. US corporate group Bumble Inc., which owns the apps, said it would remove the services from the App Store and Google Play in Russia and Belarus. In April, the Badoo website went offline in both countries.
After the start of the war with Ukraine, more than 1,200 organizations reduced their activities in Russia, with 521 leaving the country completely. Large service companies such as Spotify, Netflix, Visa, among others, joined the retaliation of Western corporations to the military operation of the Putin government in the neighboring country and ended activities in the country.
Editing: Felipe Mendes