Dating is fun, meeting new people is exciting, but safety should be first. Be cautious when interacting with people you don’t know. It is best to use your judgement to protect yourself even if you just message someone or meet them in person. We really want you to be safe during your Emoter App experience!
Do not share financial information and never send money!
Never wire transfer money to anyone you meet online, even if that person claims to be an emergency! Do not share information that could ease others’ access to your financial accounts. If another user asks you for money, report it to us immediately. Unfortunately, romance scams are a reality; for some tips on avoiding them, check out the advice from the U.S Federal Trade Commission on the FTC website.
Never share personal information, such as your home or work address, your social security number or details about your daily routine (e.g., that you go to a certain restaurant every Thursday) with people you don’t know or barely met. If you have children, limit the information that you share about them on your profile or in early communications with new met people. Avoid sharing details that make them identifiable, such as their names, ages, genders or where they go to school.
Keep conversations on the Emoter App while you’re getting to know someone. Users with bad intentions or scammers often try to move the conversation to text, messaging apps, email, or phone right away. We respect your privacy, but if we are signaled inappropriate user behavior, we might verify the communication between users.
Sometimes, people are not who they say they are. Anyone who will not take a phone/video call, meet in person or push for a serious relationship without meeting is a big red flag! Scammers’ stories are complex, with lots of details and they usually play the victim so they can manipulate and ask for financial help. Always use your reasoning, take one step back and look at the whole landscape.
We care for our users’ safety and we strongly encourage you to report anyone that violates our terms. If you encounter underage users, people who request gifts/money/donations, harmful/inappropriate behavior during meeting or after in person meeting, fraudulent accounts, offensive messages, threats and harassment, spam or commercial/affiliate links, do report!
You can report any concerns about suspicious behavior from any profile page or messaging window at email@example.com . For more information, check out our Community Guidelines.
Be sure to pick a strong password, and always be careful when logging into your account from a public or shared device. Emoter App will never send you an email asking for your username and password information — if you receive an email asking for account information, report it immediately.
Take your time to get to know the other person before meeting them or chatting off the platform. Feel free to ask red flags screening questions; you might want to setup a videocall before meeting in person, for screening reasons.
Meet in public and stay in public for the first few times. It’s not a good idea to go in a private location with a person you just met. If someone pressures you to go to a private location, it’s better to end the date.
Make sure that whenever you go out on a date, someone knows your plans, including when and where and with whom you’re going. Also, have your phone charged and with you all the time during the meeting.
Be in control of your transportation and make sure you can leave the date whenever you want. Always have a backup plan, such a friend available to pick you up, money for a taxi, or even a ride-share app.
Know your limits and set boundaries when a date tries to pressure you to drink or to use drugs more than you feel comfortable with. Remember, you can end a date at any moment.
Don’t leave drinks or personal items unattended! Only accept drinks served directly by the bartender or poured from a bottle opened in front of your eyes. Nowadays, many unwanted substances that could be slipped in your drinks are colorless, odorless and tasteless. Your phone, purse and wallet should be on you at all times.
If you feel uncomfortable, leave. If your gut feeling says something is wrong, then high changes are something really is wrong. If you feel unsafe, ask a waiter/bartender for help, contact the friend who knows about where you are or a security person if you’re in a public location.
Be careful while traveling! We celebrate all gender identities and sexual orientations, but, unfortunately, some countries have specific laws that target LGBTQ+ people and we want our users to be safe, so get informed about the laws in the country you are traveling to, so you don’t put yourself at risk. It’s important to exercise extra caution if you choose to connect with people in these countries - as some law enforcement have been known to use dating apps as tools for potential entrapment. Some countries have also recently introduced laws that criminalize communications between individuals on same-sex dating applications or websites and even aggravate penalties if that communication leads to sexual encounters.
ILGA World did a great job and compiled the latest sexual orientation laws by country. You can show your gratitude for their work by donating to support their research.
Source: ILGA World, Updated March 2019
Safety and Protection are Essential
Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of passing or contracting STI’s such as HIV. Being aware that some STI’s like herpes or HPV can be passed through skin-on-skin contact and the risk of this happening or contracting such STI’s can be reduced through vaccination. It’s also good to get tested regularly both for your health and for preventing the spread of STI’s.
Talk About It
Communication is vital. Also is health, so before getting physically intimate with a partner, have the talk about STI testing and sexual health. Be aware that in some countries it is a crime to pass on an STI knowingly.
Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity and it should be clearly and freely communicated. Note that all sexual activity must start with consent and should include ongoing check-ins with your partner. Very important: consent can be withdrawn at any time, and sex is never owed to anyone. Do not proceed if your partner seems uncomfortable or unsure, or if your partner is unable to consent due to the effects of drugs or alcohol!
Remember — even if you follow these tips, no method of risk reduction is perfect. If you have a negative experience, please know that it is not your fault and help is available. Report any incidents Emoter App, and consider reaching out to one of the resources below. If you feel you are in immediate danger or need emergency assistance, call 911 (U.S. or Canada) or your local law enforcement agency.
1-800-230-7526 | www.plannedparenthood.org
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 | www.thehotline .org
1-888-373-7888 or text 233733 | www.humantraffickinghotline.org
1-877-739-3895 | www.nsvrc.org
1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678) | www.cybertipline.com
1-844-878-2274 | www.cybercivilrights.org
1-855-4VICTIM (855-484-2846) | www.victimconnect.org
1-888-843-4564 | www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org
1-877-565-8860 (US) or 1-877-330-6366 (CA) | www.translifeline.org
Click here for information regarding international sexual orientation laws from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).
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