Tinder announced Monday that it will soon offer accurate background information about U.S. members, enabling users to make more informed choices about potential dates.
There are concerns about how safe it is to meet someone on the platform for the first time. A 2019 investigation by ProPublica discovered that registered sex offenders were listed on a number of dating platforms run by Match Group, Tinder’s parent.
Women have even been killed by their Tinder dates.
As a result, Match Group has teamed up with Garbo, a nonprofit that provides background checks. Garbo, an online background check company founded by a woman who had survived violence three years ago, gathers information on its background checks from public records and reports of violence and abuse, such as arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes. Charges related to drug possession will not appear on checks.
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Match Group plans to roll out the feature across all of its platforms — which also include PlentyOfFish, OkCupid, and Hinge ― within the next few months.
ProPublica’s investigation prompted members of Congress to write Match Group president Shar Dubey, urging her to take action to protect users’ safety.
“For far too long, women and marginalized groups around the world have been denied resources and safety,” said Tracey Breeden, head of Match Group’s Safety and Social Advocacy division, in a statement. In their efforts to remove these barriers, corporations can play a crucial role by embracing technology and rooted collaboration.
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