On Monday, March 15, Tinder's parent company, Match Group, announced its latest steps to further protect its users in the U.S.: an in-app background check database.
Those looking for love on the dating app will soon be able to peruse the many profiles gathering all the nitty-gritty details as they do so.
They'll do all of this before even setting eyes on someone, and wasting precious time chatting before realizing something's amiss. We're talking more than just realizing someone's not actually into hiking, they just like posting pictures of themselves in gym kit with hills in the background — we're talking criminal record sort of amiss.
What the new Tinder background check will do
To do this, Match Group is partnering with background checking platform, Garbo, to help keep its users safe.
Describing itself as a "female-founded, first-of-its-kind, non-profit background check platform," Garbo pulls together lots of data sources to bring up as much information about a person on a platform as possible. This could include their former arrest charges, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other crimes.
This way, Tinder users will have an all-around picture of who they're getting involved with — before starting a conversation.
The focus will be on minimizing gender-based violence by offering transparent information so that people can make informed decisions as they embark upon new connections.
Match Group will start testing and building out capabilities for Garbo on Tinder in the coming months, and once everything operates smoothly later this year, the hope is to then integrate the checks into the Group's other dating sites and apps. These include OK Cupid, Hinge, Match, and others.
In the digital dating world that we live in today, it's all-too-important to keep a close eye on the people using these apps. We get the chance to rely on our instincts in the "real world" when meeting someone for the first time, but that gut instinct can get muffled when that meeting is online.
Tinder already has a panic button as a safety feature to protect its users, and this next step will significantly further that protection.