Tinder to Introduce In-App Background Checks

Later this year, Tinder will allow users to run background checks on possible dates using their name or phone number.

Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, announced an investment in Garbo, a nonprofit that allows people to run background checks with just their first name and mobile number. Match Group plans to include this feature across all its platforms at a later date, starting with Tinder later this year.

“We recognize corporations can play a key role in helping remove those barriers with technology and true collaboration rooted in action,” Tracey Breeden, Match Group’s Head of Safety and Social Advocacy, said.

Match Group has partnered with Garbo to create the paid background check feature they plan to bring to Tinder later this year. Users will be able to see “public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes” but these reports will not include drug charges or traffic violations.

In a February blog post, Garbo defended its decision not to include drug charges in their background checks, saying, “The research continues to show there is no link between drug possession and gender-based violence.”

Some dating apps, including Tinder and their rival Bumble, have included photo verification and in-app calling to verify users’ identities.

In Jan. 2020, Tinder added a panic button that store information about a date, including its location, and alert emergency services if the button was pressed.

While Tinder’s new background check feature won’t be free, Match Group has announced they are working with Garbo to determine a fair price that will ensure background checks will be accessible for most users.

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