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Subscriber active since. A string of videos that appear to show celebrities like Ben Affleck and Matthew Perry connecting with dating app users are sending chills through both the entertainment and dating app industries. Since its launch ininvite-only dating app Raya has advertised itself as an elite platform catering to the needs of celebrities. But in early MayNivine Online dating celebrities, an actor and model, posted an explosive TikTok of a video purportedly sent to her by Ben Affleck after she says she unmatched with the actor on Raya. A few days later, Kate Haralson, a TikToker who is a personal assistant for reality TV stars Spencer and Heidi Pratt, similarly went viral by ing a purported recording of a FaceTime session she said she had with Matthew Perry after matching with him on Raya in May These incidents haven't just happened on Raya.

In early June, Twitter user Stardewlegend posted purported screenshots of "iCarly" actor Jerry Trainor's verified Bumble profile along with a tweet, "I did not expect dating in LA to be like this. These videos have made headlines and received millions of views on social media, shattering any assumption of privacy on dating apps.

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As dating apps adjust to the reality of leaking, the features and innovations they implement may have a broader impact not only on their most high-profile users, but also everyday people looking for the perfect match. Insider talked to publicists, dating apps, matchmakers, and influencers to explore how these recent exposures could transform online dating.

Kelly Cutrone, the founder of People's Revolutiona public relations agency, told Insider that celebrities using dating apps is a "bat crazy idea.

Don Avivthe president of Interfor International, a security consulting service that works with celebrities, echoed Cultrone's stance and said he advises high-profile people to avoid these apps altogether. He cited concerns over hacks, fraud, and scams, and argued that regardless of how the app advertises itself, online platforms come with too many risks. Other experts aled that they were adjusting to stars seeking love in the digital realm.

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Howard Bragmana Hollywood crisis manager, told Insider he believes celebrities are drawn to these platforms because they offer the chance to meet people outside of the entertainment industry. Since stars can't go to bars and nightclubs anonymously like civilians, they may relish the opportunity to find someone from the comfort of their home, he said.

Bragman said his celebrity clients have told him about their dating app usage, so he's prepared for the media fallout in the event of a leak. Matt Yanofskya PR and brand specialist, told Insider that in the past, he and other publicists have assisted with curating clients' dating app profile pictures and interests and that in numerous cases, it's become an extension of their job of managing a client's public image.

Some influencers have found ways to navigate public-facing apps. Kazzya YouTuber with almostsubscribers, told Insider he refuses to give out his phone and personal address.

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Similarly, Gwen Singeran Instagram influencer, told Insider that on Bumble and Hinge she goes by an entirely different name, doesn't link to her social media, and uses non-model photographs because of privacy concerns and to see if she can find a genuine connection without the anxiety that people are treating her differently. Comedian Ashwin Jacob said he used to prefer Raya when it was more "curated," but that now, with more chats about networking and fears of being secretly recorded, Instagram is becoming the preferred dating app for many of his influencer friends. TikToker Gene Parkwho has overfollowers, echoed Jacob's sentiment that Raya has started to lose its allure.

He said that for many influencers, Instagram's direct messaging platform works as a dating app, although he's dealt with catfishing and scamming attempts on it "multiple times. Regarding celebrities' concerns over privacy, a Bumble spokesperson highlighted the app's Incognito Mode. While this may make the app feel more exclusive and curated, it doesn't for user behavior and hypothetically, Incognito matches are able to leak celebrity profiles to social media under the company's current privacy policy.

Some apps are trying to solve this problem. Founded in lateLox Cluba members-only dating platform for Jewish people, has drawn some buzz and celebrity investors like Bhad Bhabie and Lil Yachty. According to co-founder Alec Lorraine, there are "around 50, people" on the app's waitlist.

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He cited his Lox Club's security measures, such as suspending users who screenshot too many times, and making it easy for people to contact his app to report abusive behavior. Lorraine told Insider there haven't been instances of leaks and believes that is thanks to the Lox Club's highly selective curation process which maintains its culture of privacy.

Lizz Warner, the founder and CEO of Gleama video-chat dating app that is currently only available in Los Angeles and New York City, told Insider that she had discussed the possibility of celebrity leaks with her team of developers. On Gleam, users can only communicate via scheduled video chat dates that solely exist within the app, and later, if there's compatibility, texts. According to Warner, since the video chats live on the app and automatically turn off if someone starts a screen recording, it can potentially be helpful for celebrities who are concerned with privacy.

She told Insider that in Los Angeles, a of influencers have already ed. Haralson, who leaked the purported video of Matthew Perry, said that while some people accused her of being the catalyst for Perry's split with his then-fiance, which she refutes, others responded positively, telling her she was highlighting the dating dynamic of how "easy it is for young girls to be wooed by these older men with money.


Multiple sources told Insider that they noticed that celebrities became more drawn to dating apps during the COVID lockdown. As restrictions are lifted, dating will potentially go back offline, with people returning to mingling in dimly lit bars and parties.

But these concerns of safety and privacy will surely persist, leaving an opening for the next crop of members-only apps to continue to sell the elusive promise of digital exclusivity. To stories like this, check out Insider's digital culture coverage here. World globe An icon of the world globe, indicating different international options. Get the Insider App. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation.

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Insider spoke to experts, celebrities, and influencers who explained how online dating is changing. Stay up to date with what you want to know. Loading Something is loading. address. Ben Affleck Matthew Perry.

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