Tinder users will now be able to do criminal history checks on their matches. Dating apps have been criticized in the past for failing to protect their users. Tinder, which is owned by The Match Group, wishes to alter that completely.
The Match Group made a seven-figure investment into nonprofit organization Garbo in March 2021 to update its latest safety feature. With this feature, Tinder users can conduct a background check on potential matches. By running Tinder’s safely tool, users can view public records of their potential dates. These include convictions, orders of protection, restraining orders, and arrests.
Before swiping right on the Tinder app, you may conduct background checks for USD 2.50. When the function is used, Garbo will look for arrests and convictions for violent criminal activity with a high, medium, or low level of confidence. Initially, the service will be free.
Garbo, based in New York, was launched in 2018 by Kathryn Kosmides. She is a gender-based violence survivor who seeks to make it more effortless to retrieve essential information about someone’s background that could signal a history of violence. As mentioned on their website, “Garbo’s mission is to help proactively prevent harm in the digital age through technology, tools, and education”.
In a media press release, Match Group stated that they are also partnering with the US National Domestic Violence Hotline to ensure users have access to resources and information. “For far too long women and traditionally marginalized groups have faced many barriers to resources and safety,” stated Tracey Breeden, Head of Safety and Social Advocacy at Match Group.
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