The whole North Korean issue arose after an unknown Tinder employee took umbrage with a Vanity Fair article entitled Tinder and the Dawn of the Dating Apocalypse, in which author Nancy Jo Sales posits the theory that Tinder has enabled a hook-up culture of instant gratification.At the crux of the story was a comment from a psychology professor who said "the impression that there are thousands or millions of potential mates" created by dating apps encouraged men to pursue "a short-term mating strategy", which in turn leads to higher divorce rates.
We cannot disclose additional information on our userbase there." The spokesperson would not go into detail about how users in those countries used the app without Facebook.
So is there a secret North Korean Tinder community helping create matches for the Dear Leader's children? The vast majority of North Korean citizens do not have access to the internet or smartphones though some government officials do, meaning these could be the the "many users" Tinder is talking about.
Of course the most likely answer is that foreigners visiting North Korea are using Tinder in the country having previously signed up using their Facebook accounts before travelling to the country.
Again, considering the tiny number of foreigners allowed access to North Korea, Tinder's claim it has "many users" there may be somewhat overstating the fact.
Tinder's rambling 31-tweet response took offense at a survey that claimed 30% of Tinder users were married, based on a report from Global Web Index.
The dating app says that based on survey results from 265,000 users, just 1.7% of its userbase is married.