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Two Women Banned for Using Tinder to Spam Pro-Sanders Messages

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FILE - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters from his bus outside his campaign's Iowa headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.

FILE - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters from his bus outside his campaign's Iowa headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.

Some supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders have been kicked off the popular dating app Tinder for spamming other users with pro-Sanders messages.

According to Reuters, one woman, Robyn Gedrich, 23, from New Jersey, sent messages to 60 people a day over a two-week span. The messages included information on how to volunteer for the campaign and where to get information about Sanders.

"Do you feel the bern?" read her messages, using a popular slogan from the Sanders campaign. "Please text WORK to 82623 for me. Thanks."

Another woman, Haley Lent, 22, from Iowa, paid for the app's "passport" feature, which allowed her to send messages to people in New Hampshire, the site of next week's primary. She said she talked to between 50 and 100 people a day using Tinder.

Both women have had their accounts suspended.

Tinder did not respond to a query from Reuters.

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