There really is a dating website for everyone. Donald Daters is exactly what it sounds like—a dating app for people who support President Donald Trump. Unfortunately, on its first day of launch users’ information was leaked.
With the tagline, “Make America Date Again,” the website is described as an “American-based singles community connecting lovers, friends, and Trump supporters alike. Many on the Left chose party over love stopping any date if the other user is a supporter of our president.”
The website includes testimonials from happy relationship seekers: “Finally I can meet someone with the same values and beliefs as me,” writes one.
“Being able to find a Republican match is a big deal for me,” writes another.
The app launched on Monday with over 1,600 users. The number of people searching for love was made public by French security researcher Elliot Alderson, who was able to access all kinds of information on the users. Alderson told TechCrunch that he was able to see things such as users’ names, profile pictures, private message, and even tokens, which can be activated to take over an account.
While Donald Daters claims all personal information is kept private, the app contained a security flaw, allowing Alderson to get an inside look into its user base. Alderson was able to access the data through an exposed Firebase data repository that was hardcoded in the app. After TechCrunch reached out to the app creator, the information was pulled offline to protect users’ personal information.
“We have taken swift and decisive action to remedy the mistake and make all possible efforts to prevent this from happening again,” app founder Emily Moreno explained. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily suspended the chat service on the app while we implement new security protocols. We are also taking immediate steps to engage a leading, independent cybersecurity firm to pressure test the system to ensure it is secure against other vulnerabilities.”
Moreno is also a former aide to Sen. Marco Rubio.