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The dating app that matches users with shared hatred

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, February 6, 2017  /  03:01 pm
The dating app that matches users with shared hatred

Hater users can expect to find people who have similar interests, particularly those who hate the same things that they do. (Shutterstock/File)

The saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” has been conveniently translated into a dating app that uses shared hatred toward something as the basis for two people to meet online and begin a relationship.

Developed by Brendan Alper, a former employee of a US investment banking company who then became a comedian, Hater started as a joke, which Alper realized after coming across several studies that strengthened the basic idea of Hater, according to dailysocial.id.

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The three most popular topics during Hater's test period were the 2016 US presidential election, bad pedestrian behavior and drainage clogged by hairs.(HaterDater.com via dailysocial.id/File)

Users of the app can expect to find people who have similar interests, particularly those who hate the same things as they do. Hater will then match users based on their location and shared hatred. More than 3,000 topics are available on the app, ranging from politicians and fashion to daily habits. To make the conversation smoother, the app is also equipped with ice-breaking features, such as mini games that require two people to play.

Hater has reportedly been tested in New York since December 2016 and gained a positive response. The three most popular topics during the test period were the 2016 US presidential election, bad pedestrian behavior and drains clogged by hairs.

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The developer stressed that although the app matched users based on shared hatred, it did not aim to encourage negative behaviors and had several measures to handle misbehaving users.

Registration for the beta version of Hater is open for iOS device users. The app itself is slated for release on Feb. 8. (mas/kes)

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