Tinder has introduced photo verification so bub-bye cat-fishing

A lot of us have been there: Arranging an in-person meet-up with someone you met on a dating app only to have them look NOTHING like their profile picture. But with a new feature, Tinder is on a mission to end catfishing once and for all.

Tinder might be among the most popular way to meet and date new people these days, especially with social distancing measures in the COVID era. But how can you truly know the profile picture you’re looking at is really them?

The dating app has introduced a new feature to enhance the safety of their users with a new photo verification feature, comparing photos taken in real-time to the images that appear on the user’s profile.

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Every day, millions of our members trust us to introduce them to new people, and we’re dedicated to building innovative safety features powered by best-in-class technology that meet the needs of today’s daters,” says Rory Kozoll, Head of Trust & Safety Product at Tinder.

“We use a combo of trusty humans and facial recognition technology to compare the facial geometry in the selfies you submit and in your profile pics.”

By using human-assisted AI technology, verified profiles will display a blue checkmark so that you can know the profile is authentic.

But of course, people’s appearances can change: they can colour their hair, grow facial hair, and gain weight, so it’s unclear whether the Verified badge will expire or whether users will need to redo it whenever they want to change their profile pictures.

The technology has already been gradually implemented worldwide from January this year and is now available in Australia.

So how does it work?

  1. Open Tinder and tap the profile icon.
  2. Tap the gray checkmark by your name/age.
  3. Select ‘Verify your profile’ to begin.
  4. You’ll be shown a pose and we’ll ask you to copy that pose by taking a selfie.
  5. Confirm that your selfie matches the pose and hit ‘Submit for review’.
  6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 one more time.