George Zimmerman Gets Banned From Dating App For Users' Safety
Sanford, FL - George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was kicked off the popular dating app Tinder last week.
Zimmerman had his profile removed after Tinder discovered he was using it with a fake name, according to The Hill.
A Tinder spokesman confirmed his profile was taken down.
“At Tinder, we take our users’ safety very seriously and our team has removed this profile from our platform,” the spokesman told the Washington Post. “We utilize a network of industry-leading automated and manual moderation and review tools, systems and processes — and spend millions of dollars annually to prevent, monitor and remove bad actors who have violated our Community terms and guidelines.”
Zimmerman, 35, was using the fake name “Carter” on the app and said he was a self-employed consultant and Liberty University graduate who wanted “carefree fun.”
Zimmerman’s profile was found by Tampa’s Creative Loafing on April 17. His profile said he enjoys hiking, fishing, “quite nights” and takeout food from Longhorn Steakhouse.
Zimmerman was also removed from the dating app Bumble in December, according to The Hill.
“George Zimmerman was blocked and banned in December 2018 when we first discovered his profile and we have blocked and banned him again after we were informed by our users that he had created a new unverified profile,” a Bumble spokesman told the Orlando Sentinel.
Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch leader who fatally shot Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. He was acquitted of murder charges in a 2013 trial.
He’s had a few brush-ups with the law since the trial. In 2015, he was arrested for throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend but she decided not to press charges, according to The Hill.
Zimmerman was given 12 months probation last November on a misdemeanor stalking charge after he was accused of threatening to feed a private investigator to an alligator.
When police investigated the stalking charge, Zimmerman called Seminole County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Shannon Seiple a string of vulgarities, according to the Miami Herald.