Tinder users hopes They want to check themselves with an identity document. With the new feature, the dating app aims to “make users feel more secure”. Identity verification should become available globally “in the coming quarters,” but for now it will be voluntary, except for countries where identity verification is required by law.
It is not yet clear what documents users in the European Union can use for verification. The dating app is still under consultation with experts. Ultimately, according to Tinder, it should be a “fair, comprehensive, and privacy-friendly method of identity verification”.
“Identity verification is complex, so we want to test and learn from it before we roll it out widely,” said Rory Kozol, CEO of Tinder. “We want to give them more confidence that their matches are real and more control over who they connect with. We look forward to a day when as many people as possible are verified on Tinder.”
Check for a sexual offense
Tinder also wants to use identity verification where possible to check if a user is known to governments as a sexual offender. For users who have a subscription, the company already does this in some countries based on credit card information.
Tinder has been testing identity verification in Japan for some time. There, users can add a photo of their passport, driver’s license or health ID to the app.
US Tinder users will soon be able to get a profile Background check of their matches To check if potential dates have a criminal history. This feature works in partnership with the nonprofit Garbo, which aims to make dating safer for women. The service uses information from various sources to search for arrests, convictions, restraining orders, and violent crimes. Garbo often says all he needs is a first name and phone number.
Tinder is the most popular dating app worldwide and has been downloaded over 450 million times. According to the company, more than 60 billion matches have been created since 2012.
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