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Hinge is a dating app founded by Justin McLeod in 2012. The app uses connections to Facebook friends to facilitate connections. With a goal to be seen as younger and cooler than Match.com or eHarmony but less superficial than Tinder, Hinge dispensed with Tinder-like swiping and used the slogan "the relationship app". The app has a "Your Turn" feature designed to remind a user to continue a conversation, decreasing ghosting. The company released Hinge Matchmaker in September 2017 to reinvent online dating "for people that missed out on the dating app craze".
Match Group, which owns numerous dating apps such as Tinder, made investments into Hinge as early as September 2017. On June 20, 2018, Match Group acquired 51% ownership of Hinge. The organization has the right to acquire all the remaining shares within the next 12-month period.
As of February 2019, Match Group now owns 100% of Hinge after acquiring it over the first quarter of 2019.
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