Online dating can be quite tricky. There’s a lot of things going on in your mind like how to impress your date, and what to wear, or where to go. But that’s pretty normal. It would be terrible if you’re wondering about your date if he or she is a dangerous person. This is the reason why Tinder is planning to include a background check in the United States. Undeniably, it’s the trending dating app worldwide. A lot of its users install this app to either find a steamy romance or a random hook-up.
Tinder makes sure user safety amidst the risks in online dating
With their name or mobile number, Tinder will permit users to view public records information of prospective dates later this year. The idea is to promote user safety for digital dating after several criticisms. Tinder’s parent company is aiming to add the feature across all of its platforms at a later date. Aside from Tinder, they also own PlentyOfFish, OkCupid, and Hinge.
Match Group’s Head of Safety and Social Advocacy said, “We recognize corporations can play a key role in helping remove those barriers with technology and a true collaboration rooted in action.” The company has collaborated with Garboto to provide the paid service. The dating sites company has also invested a stake in this background checking platform.
A group of women started Garbo as they collect “public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes”. The checks will not include any drug charges or traffic violations. Based on this information, they produce reports.
No association between drug possession and violence based on gender?
The background checks company was founded by women and collect “public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes” to create its reports. In its blog post last month, Garbo explains, “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.
Tinder added a panic button feature in January last year that would store information about a date. If the user presses the button, it will submit the location data and alert emergency services available.
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Queenie Lasta got her bachelor's degree in Communications Research from UP Diliman. In her free time, she likes to read thriller novels, psychology books, and mangas. She believes in the importance of grit, hard work, and passion to become a great writer in the future.