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Tinder wants you to be able to do a background check on your matches


In a bid to increase the safety of its users, Tinder will soon be able to perform background checks on your potential matches.

Tinder, and its parent company Match Group, has recently announced a partnership with non-profit Garbo to help its users find out whether their matches have a criminal record.

Though the details are yet to be finalised, the plan is to integrate Garbo into the location-based dating app later this year.

It will offer information as to whether the person a user is chatting with has a criminal record or other infringements like a restraining order.

“This is an industry first,” Match Group safety head Tracey Breeden told Axios.

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“There have not been any background check options in the dating industry.”

While this service will only be available to US users at first, Tinder is looking to expand to offer it in Australia.

“We plan to pilot this partnership in the US but will look for similar services for our international users,” a Tinder spokesperson told Body+Soul.

It’s just one of many safety features implemented by the dating app, including photo verification, a smoother reporting framework to moderate user behaviour, and a feature called Does This Bother You? that monitors potentially offensive messages.

When someone responds ‘yes’ to the ‘does this bother you?’ prompt, they have an option to report it and the feature has increased reporting of harassment by 37 percent.

The Match Group Advisory Council, a group of experts and advocates in the prevention of sexual assault and similar issues, meets twice a year to review policies and make improvements to safety.

The founding members are:

Scott Berkowitz, President, Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN).

Tarana Burke, Founder, “Me Too” Movement.

Catherine Chen, Chief Program Officer, Polaris.

John Clark, CEO, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Julie Cordua, CEO, Thorn.

Yolanda Edrington, COO, National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Dr. Judy Postmus, Founder, the Center on Violence Against Women & Children, Rutgers University.