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Tinder Planning To Offer Background Check Feature For Its Users

by Vanessa Waithera
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Tinder is planning to offer a background check feature for its users.

The popular dating app will be launching several new features aimed at keeping daters safe, including offering background checks, according to a new blog post. Starting soon, more than 8 million Tinder users in the United States will have access to background checks on their matches through Garbo, a non-profit that was acquired by Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, in 2021.

Match Group actually announced in 2021 that they were teaming up with Garbo for background checks, however, the company didn’t share any updates on the partnership until this week. The background check tool is part of Tinder’s new “trauma-informed approach” to make the app “a safer and more inclusive community,” according to the blog post.

Other available features.

Other safety features being rolled out by Tinder include mandatory internal training from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). This training will enable Tinder employees to “better understand how survivors might respond to sexual violence and describe those experiences, how to recognize serious reports that may use vague language, and how to respond in a trauma-informed manner to these types of reports,” according to the blog post.

“By adopting more trauma-informed support practices, Tinder will be better positioned to support members who may have experienced harm and take faster, more transparent action on bad actors,” said Clara Kim, Vice President of Consulting Services at RAINN.

Expected transparency.

Tinder is also offering more transparency when making a report and providing survivors with a “more direct way” to report someone they’ve unmatched with, even if they’ve waited a while before making their report. Additionally, users will now be given the choice of whether or not they want to receive follow-up information about actions taken after they’ve reported someone.

For users who don’t feel comfortable reporting, the app is offering “a variety of different support options” available in Tinder’s Safety Center, which includes Tinder’s 24/7 dedicated Crisis Text Line.

Said Tracey Breeden, vice president of safety and social advocacy for Tinder and Match Group, in a statement:

“Our members are trusting us with an incredibly sensitive and vulnerable part of their lives, and we believe we have a responsibility to support them through every part of this journey, including when they have bad experiences on and off the app,”

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