Why the C.E.O. Behind Match.com and Tinder Took a Stand on the Texas Abortion Law
In an article for The Huffington Post, match.com C.E.O. Matt Hojbjerg and Tinder C.E.O Ricardo Martinez, Jr. set out to show that they are not just the face of the two online dating sites, but they can also serve as examples of how the Internet can change the way we live.
Both Hojbjerg and Martinez spent considerable time reflecting on the controversial decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to uphold Texas’ ban on most abortions. The decision was a major victory for Planned Parenthood and women’s rights organizations.
The decision to uphold the Texas law has sparked a firestorm of protest among feminists and in the news. In an interview with HuffPo, Hojbjerg and Martinez put their heads together to come up with a new slogan for their websites: “Don’t do this to women!”
In the Huffington Post article, the duo talks about many of the reasons they took a stand against the Texas law and how their decision has played out in the news.
In the interview, Hojbjerg and Martinez say that they have done what they could to try to have the issue addressed in the media and in Congress. They want to make sure that the media and politicians see the power that comes from the Internet and understand the importance of building a more just, equitable, and democratic society:
“We live in an era of tremendous change, technological change, and new technologies,” they write. “And that means new opportunities, new platforms, and new ways to express ourselves and shape public opinion.”
In addition to their websites, they have begun to partner with other socially conscious organizations. Hojbjerg and Martinez, in the Huffington Post article, tell one of their partners that they will soon be launching Hojbjerg and Martinez Solutions, a company that offers services like social media management, data analysis, and consulting. One of the companies Hojbjerg and Martinez Solutions has signed on is the Women’s Policy Research Institute.
It seems like the Internet is a powerful tool for change. This seems to be what the pair are thinking:
“For the past few years, the Internet has proven to be a powerful force whose reach cannot be overstated