As the race for the 2016 presidential election continues to narrow, campaign volunteers are using any and all measures to help their cause. In this day and age, social media is often the main vessel used in order to reach the masses. According to Reuters, even the dating app Tinder is fair game. Robyn Gedrich of New Jersey and Haley Lent of Iowa were both banned from using the app after sending messages to prospective matches promoting U.S. senator Bernie Sanders in his race for the Democratic nomination.
Gedrich stated that she sent messages to 60 people recently with the message “Do you feel the bern? Please text WORK to 82623 for me. Thanks.” Sending the text would allow people to start receiving updates from Bernie Sanders’ campaign and providing links to where they could sign up and volunteer. She says that she has not be able to sign into Tinder since last logging off.
Lent, who is a married 22-year-old, said that she too got banned from the app after sending messages to roughly 100 people in regards to Sanders. She even went a step further and purchased the premium version of the app, which allows users to change their locations in order to reach more people.
I would ask them if they were going to vote in their upcoming primaries. If they said no or were on the fence, I would try to talk to them and persuade them to vote.
At least we now know that Bernie Sanders has some very dedicated campaign volunteers.