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Bumble Lashes Out At Tinder Parent Company Over Lawsuit, ‘We’ll Never Be Yours’

Co-founder and CEO of Bumble Whitney Wolfe.TechCrunch/Wikimedia

In a drama fit to be a daytime soap plot, two dating site companies are currently locked in a heated legal struggle for dominance. Just to make things even spicier, one caters to women’s desire to be more forward and the other caters to everyone else. The former is Bumble and the latter is Tinder, both of which are now embroiled in a patent infringement case.

This whole debacle started when the parent company of Tinder, Match wanted to acquire Bumble simply because it didn’t like competition. Since the negotiations were not going fast enough for the impatient buyer, it filed a lawsuit against Bumble, accusing its founders of stealing intellectual properties. The defendants, in this case, have since responded, and rather acidly at that, TechCrunch reports.

Writing a defiant letter to Match, Bumble made it very clear that the potential buyer has ruined any chance it had of actually getting what it wanted from the rival dating app. The Tinder parent company was basically told to go find other skirts to chase.

“We swipe left on you. We swipe left on your multiple attempts to buy us, copy us, and, now, to intimidate us,” the letter reads. “We’ll never be yours. No matter the price tag, we’ll never compromise our values.

“We swipe left on your attempted scare tactics, and on these endless games. We swipe left on your assumption that a baseless lawsuit would intimidate us. Given your enduring interest in our company, we expected you to know us a bit better by now.”

As Gizmodo notes, the hatred between the two companies also run deep and started rather appropriately with former flames dying out. Whitney Herd, one of the co-founders of Bumble sued former Tinder CMO Justin Mateen back in 2014 for harassment following their breakup. This resulted in Mateen getting ousted from his position, and the relationship of the two companies have been strained ever since.

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