MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) — Dating apps Tinder and Bumble have recently removed George Zimmerman from their platforms.
In July 2013, a Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. Martin’s death and the subsequent verdict caused a national outcry.
Since then, Zimmerman hasn’t kept a low profile.
According to screen grabs of the profile obtained by Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Zimmerman went by the alias “Carter” and claimed to be looking for “carefree, fun!”
“Carter” was a self-employed consultant who attended Liberty University who also happened to love the outdoors, fishing, camping and hiking. One of the screen grabs shows him shirtless and wearing sunglasses. Another shows him with a dog, and yet another shows him in a cap and gown.
“We take the safety of our users very seriously and acted appropriately once the profile was discovered,” a spokesperson for Tinder said in a statement.
This isn’t the first time Zimmerman has ventured into online dating — Bumble banned him from the platform in December.
“George Zimmerman was blocked and banned in December 2018 when we first discovered his profile and we have blocked and banned him again after we were informed by our users that he had created a new unverified profile,” a statement from the company read. “We have thousands of moderators working tirelessly with our users to make Bumble the safest and most empowering social networking platform and this is another example of those efforts.”
In 2015, he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and domestic violence, though prosecutors decided not to file charges after the alleged victim backed off her claims.
A year later, Zimmerman again sparked outrage when he attempted to auction off the gun that he purportedly used to kill Martin.
In 2018, he was accused of stalking a private investigator who had been hired by a production company that was working on a documentary about Martin’s life.
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