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Tinder to introduce in-app background checks

Tinder is an American geosocial networking and online dating application that allows users to anonymously swipe to like or dislike other profiles based on their photos, a small bio, and common interests. Once two users have “matched”, they can exchange messages.

One of the world’s most popular dating apps is adding a background check feature to its platform in the US.

Later this year, Tinder will allow users to view public records information of prospective dates using their name or mobile number.

The move comes as user safety for digital dating has come under scrutiny.

Match Group, Tinder’s parent company, plans to include the feature across all of its platforms at a later date.

“We recognize corporations can play a key role in helping remove those barriers with technology and a true collaboration rooted in action,” Tracey Breeden, Match Group’s Head of Safety and Social Advocacy, said.

Besides Tinder, the group also owns PlentyOfFish, OkCupid, and Hinge.

Match has partnered with Garbo, a background checking platform, to provide the paid service. The dating sites company has also invested a stake in Garbo.

The background checks company was founded by women and collect “public records and reports of violence or abuse, including arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment, and other violent crimes” to create its reports.

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