Bumble’s women-only networking feature isn’t a job discrimination tool

Bumble recently added a filter to its professional networking mode, Bumble Bizz, to give women the option to only match with other women. The immediate response — mainly from men’s rights pages — was, “Isn’t this illegal?”

Part of the outrage stems from the first article written about the feature, from CNBC, with a headline that said the tool “lets recruiters exclude men.” Another headline from Fortune followed, calling it a “‘Women Only’ Job Hunting Tool.” What the headlines, and subsequently men’s rights forums get wrong, is that Bizz isn’t meant to be used as a recruiting tool — just a networking feature. And even if it was, it wouldn’t necessarily run afoul of discrimination laws.

Bumble Bizz first launched in 2017 as a separate…

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