Online dating is a popular way to meet new people, but you've got to be careful. In addition to creeps, you've to watch out for online pranksters like this guy. He created a prank on the popular dating app Tinder to trick straight men into flirting with each other.
But over the last few weeks, a California-based computer engineer — we’ll call him Patrick — has pitted heterosexual male against heterosexual male. Patrick’s program identifies two men who "like" one of his bait profiles (the first used prominent vlogger Boxxy's image; the second used an acquaintance who had given Patrick consent) and matched them to each other.
Patrick exploited some weaknesses in Tinder's API to make his prank possible. Once two men are matched together, they continue to see photos from the fake female profiles but are actually talking to each other. This led to some very awkward conversations. Patrick scrambled phone numbers so he wouldn't expose them and also stopped users from actually meeting up.