Mobile dating app Tinder wants to protect its users if dates go bad, adding a panic button to its app.
Tinder said the panic button will alert authorities if something goes amiss during a date. The popular dating app is also enabling users to check-in so friends know where daters are.
Tinder's panic button coming next week
The new panic button, which is free to use, will be rolled out next week. Tinder is also adding a new Safety Center tab, which will house the panic button. Tinder is owned by Match.com, the dating company that owns several dating services.
Tinder is partnering with Noonlight a platform created to keep users safe that it invested in to make this service possible. To use the Safety Center features users have to download Noonlight and allow the app to track the user.
If someone feels at risk during a date they have to click the panic button through Noonlight. That prevents the other person from being clued in. Noonlight will send a text and phone call and if both go unanswered the service will dispatch authorities.
“Every day, millions of our members trust us to introduce them to new people, and we’re dedicated to building innovative safety features powered by best-in-class technology that meet the needs of today’s daters,” said Elie Seidman, CEO of Tinder. “I’m proud to share these updates, which represent an important step in driving our safety work forward at an unmatched scale.”
Photo verification coming to Tinder
Tinder said it’s also rolling out Photo Verification on its app to ensure every match is authenticate. Members will be able to self-authenticate through a series of real-time posed selfies, which are compared to existing profile photos using AI. Verified profiles will display a blue checkmark so members can trust their authenticity. Tinder is testing the feature in select markets and plans to roll it out throughout 2020.