While many couples have successfully gotten together from Tinder, the mobile dating app also has a reputation for aggressive messages from men not exactly seeking a loving relationship. This week, someone hacked into the system and gave a few “thirsty” men a taste of their own medicine, resulting in a mix of anger, appreciation of the humor behind it, and general befuddlement from the tricked men in conversation.
“Patrick”, the California-based computer engineer who created the catfish-like hack, told The Verge:
The original idea was to throw that back into the face of the people doing it to see how they would react… Tinder makes it surprisingly easy to bot their system. As long as you have a Facebook authentication token, you can behave as a robot as if you were a person.”
Within the first 12 hours, Patrick said he oversaw about 40 conversations between the unknowing men. He scrambled phone numbers via code and only intervened when the pair decided to meet up in person. “They ignore all the signs, they ignore all the weird things,” he says of the users. “When someone is so quick to meet up without any detail or know anything about the person at all — maybe it’s deserved.”
Here are a few screenshots from the hilarious hack. More can be found on The Verge.