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One of the world's most popular dating apps is adding a background check feature to its platform in the US. Later this year, Tinder will allow users to view public records information of prospective dates using their name or mobile. The move comes as user safety for digital dating has come under scrutiny.
Match Group, Tinder's parent company, plans to include the feature across all of its platforms at a later date. Match has partnered with Garbo, a background checking platform, to provide the paid service. The dating sites company has also invested a stake in Garbo. The background checks company was founded by women and collects "public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes" to create its reports.
The checks will not include any drug charges or traffic violations.
In a February blog postGarbo said: "The research continues to show that there is no link between drug possession and gender-based violence. User safety has become an important issue for digital dating companies amid heightened awareness about their risks. A investigation by ProPublica found registered sex offenders on many of Match Group's free platforms.
This means vigilant enforcement of terms of service that empower consumers in any online marketplace," the February letter said. The members urged Match to "take swift action to reduce the risk of sexual and dating violence against their users. Currently, if a user reports information about someone's violent past to Tinder, or their sister apps, the offending is removed.
Apps including Tinder and rival Bumble have also added tools like photo verification and in-app video calling to prove people are who they claim to be. In JanuaryTinder added a panic button feature that would store information about a date, including location data, and alert emergency services if the button was pressed. Sarah Sawrey-Cookson, communications director at Get Safe Online, praised Match's plan to add the background checks feature.
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