After hearing tons of Tinder pickup line horror stories from his female friends, an anonymous programmer decided to turn the tables on the guys on the dating app.
"The original idea was to throw that back into the face of the people doing it to see how they would react," he told The Verge, to whom he gave an exclusive interview.
The program matched two straight men who both liked the fake "bait" profiles, but made it so they both saw the other as the woman.
The hacker also created a code that scrambled phone numbers if the two men exchanged them, and cut off the conversation if they made concrete plans to meet up.
The California-based hacker told The Verge that he initially felt guilty about the hack, but "when someone is so quick to meet up without any detail or know anything about the person at all — maybe it’s deserved."
The fake profiles, one of which was a picture of the vlogger Boxxy, received a lot of attention very quickly.
Not only was this brilliant as a concept and as a hack, but the fact that both dudes were seeing the same woman's profile added gloriously to the confusion.
Some of the guys took a very long time to figure out what was going on: "They ignore all the signs, they ignore all the weird things," the hacker observed.
Often, the men would ignore all indications that the other was not a woman, with the results often reading a bit like a Shakespeare play about thirst.
When they finally figured out what was happening, some of the men would get angry and lash out, some were just confused, and others...were still kinda down.
Well done, mysterious hacker. Well done.
(H/T The Verge)
Ema O'Connor is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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