Dating app aims to boost Russian voter turnout

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“You can find adore anywhere – even during a elections,” a app claims

A Russian dating app is attempting to boost voter audience in a arriving elections by anticipating users an choosing “date”, it’s reported.

Popular dating use Mamba has introduced a underline called “Voting Together” that offers to assistance users find a messenger to go to a polling hire with during a 10 Sep internal elections, independent broadcaster Dozhd says.

To find an choosing “date”, users appropriate by cinema of associate users, and answer questions such as: “Would we go to opinion with her (him)?”

If dual users contend “yes”, they accept a summary saying, “It looks like we like any other. We can go to opinion together on 10 September.” They can afterwards summary any other and find a list hire that is available for them both.

If a intrigue proves successful, Mamba might use it during a Mar 2018 presidential election.

Kremlin pressure?

The conduct of Mamba, Andrei Bronetsky, told Dozhd that a association had been “advised” to launch such a feature.

But when asked either it was a Kremlin or a Central Electoral Commission who had suggested him, Bronetsky declined to comment.

Dozhd pronounced that it had oral to people “close to a matter”, who claimed that a offer had been discussed in a Kremlin, and was partial of an beginning directed during boosting voter audience during a informal and presidential polls.

According to Platon Mamatov, a executive of a Magic Inc PR company, a authorities wish to get immature Russians meddlesome in mainstream politics. The thought is to stop them from apropos “fodder” for antithesis protests, he wrote on a tTJournal blogging platform.

But a thought has left amicable media users unimpressed. “The stupidity of a thought – to get to know someone to go and opinion with – we trust Dozhd, that suggests that a Kremlin has come adult with it,” antithesis politician Dmitry Gudkov said on his Facebook page.

“Poor United Russia, they only don’t know what to do anymore,” one spiteful Twitter user said, derisive Russia’s statute domestic party.

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“Choose with your heart,” a app says

Reporting by Olga Bugorkova

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